ACTRESS Dame Diana Rigg, who has died at the age of 82, was famous for roles including Emma Peel in the television series The Avengers and as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.

She was also the only woman who married 007 James Bond, as Tracy in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Most recently, she played Mrs Pumphrey in Channel 5's new adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small, which is largely filmed in Craven.

Dame Diana appeared for the first time in the series this week in scenes filmed at Broughton Hall, Skipton.

In the programme, Broughton Hall is the home of Mrs Pumphrey and her very pampered dog, Tricki Woo.

In a statement, Channel 5 said: "We are terribly saddened to hear the news of Dame Diana's passing.

"She was a stage and screen icon who most recently starred as the loveable and eccentric Mrs Pumphrey in our adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small.

"Dame Diana will be sorely missed across the creative industries and our thoughts go out to her friends and family at the time."

Samuel West, who plays Siegfried Farnon in the series, tweeted: "Very sad to hear that Diana Rigg has left the stage. An honour to work with her. I think All Creatures Great and Small was her final screen job. She made a fabulous Mrs Pumphrey. Doesn't really make sense to think of her having died. She generally lived the hell out of everyone."