Birth Date: July 20, 1938 / Age: 78
Biography: She is particularly known for her role in the British 1960s television series The Avengers, where she played the sexy secret agent Emma Peel. Her career in film, television and the theatre has been wide-ranging, including roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company between 1959 and 1964. Her professional debut was in The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 1955.
After leaving The Avengers she returned to the stage, including playing two Stoppard leads, Ruth Carson in Night and Day and Dorothy Moore in Jumpers. A nude scene with Keith Michell in Abelard and Heloise led to a notorious description of her as 'built like a brick basilica with too few flying buttresses'. In 1986, she took a leading role in the West End production of Stephen Sondheim's musical, Follies.
On the big screen, she became a Bond girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) playing Tracy Bond. Her character, to date, is the only girl to officially marry James Bond. Her other films include The Assassination Bureau (1969), Theatre of Blood (1973), and A Little Night Music (1977).
In the 1990s she had triumphs with roles at the Almeida Theatre in Islington (north London), including Medea in 1993, Mother Courage in 1995, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1996. On television, she has appeared as Mrs Danvers in Rebecca and as the amateur detective Mrs Bradley in a series of mysteries.
Dame Diana was made CBE in 1987 and appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire DBE in 1994. She was born in Doncaster, in Yorkshire (now, part of the metropolitan county of South Yorkshire), and she lived in India between the ages of two and eight. She lived with Peter Saville for some time but would not marry him (and he was married already, anyway.) She was married to Menahem Gueffen, an Israeli painter, from 1973-76, and to Archibald Stirling (a.k.a. Archibald Hugh Stirling of Keir, whose sister is married to the Marquess of Salisbury), a theatrical producer, former officer in the Scots Guards, and a member of one of Scotland's grandest families, from 1982-90. By Stirling she has a daughter, Rachael Atlanta Stirling (born 1977), who is also now an actress.
From 1989 until 2003 she hosted the PBS television series Mystery!, taking over from Vincent Price.