Bond girl Diana Riggs will – £3m to famous daughter and £5k gift to salon

Actress Diana Rigg left her daughter Rachael a whopping £3 million of her fortune, which she amassed from a glittering 65 year long career.

Rigg, who starred in Edgar Wright’s 2021 film Last Night In Soho and as Olenna Tyrell in Game Of Thrones, died in 2020 just after her final project was completed.

Her daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, recently appeared on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch alongside fellow guests Louise Redknapp, Claudia Jessie and Ricky Wilson, and hosts Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer.

Rachael’s career path closely reflects her mothers after she began acting 26 years ago.

Diana was a Bond girl who also starred in 60s television series The Avengers, 1997’s Rebecca and Doctor Who alongside her daughter.

Aged 82, she died of cancer in September 2020.

According to the Daily Mail, Diana left Rachael upwards of £3 million after she died as she inherited a large chunk of her estate, valued at £3,368,886 and which are believed to be properties in France and the United States.

Along with Rachael’s inheritance, Diana generously left £5,000 to a beautician from her local nail salon while £280,500 went to her family and charity organisations.

These included Great Ormond Street Hospital and St Christopher’s Hospice who both received £50,000 each.

After Diana’s death, Rachael wrote a touching tribute in The Observer for her mother back in October, which detailed the pair’s struggle before she passed.

Through her mother’s illness, Rachael became her carer and said that they had a “traumatic” time living together after she was diagnosed with cancer.

“We didn’t always get on. There was enormous love but it was a painful relationship for both of us at times. When we asked her to come and live with us, I had no idea how hard it would be or how traumatic,” the actress recalled.

“Yet it was the greatest privilege to help her die as comfortably as I could and she returned that kindness with a stoicism that shielded me from her darkest moments.”

She went on to say that they “showed each other love without an end” and that the Dame didn’t like her loss of independence, refusing morphine as it “dulled her brain”.

The 44-year-old actress will appear in Scandaltown, set in a post-pandemic London, at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in April.

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