Global entertainment media brand Variety and Cannes International Series Festival CANNESERIES will present the second Variety Icon Award for CANNESERIES for outstanding achievement in acting to the acclaimed and award-winning actress Diana Rigg (The Avengers, Game of Thrones)

The Variety Icon Award for CANNESERIES recognizes outstanding achievement in acting—this year’s award will be given to a star whose powerful performances have elicited praise from both critics and fans alike, whether in film, television or stage.

Dame Diana Rigg is a legendary actress who has given us classic television characters ranging from Emma Peel, the reckless and ingenious spy on The Avengers, to the implacable Olenna Tyrell on Game Of Thrones, to a wise conservative lady on Victoria.

“I am deeply honouredto be receiving the award and delighted that the world-wide cultural power of Television is being recognised,”

Dame Diana Rigg

Variety is excited to once again partner with CANNESERIESto recognize excellence in the acting profession,“

Dame Diana Rigg is one of stage and screen’s most internationally acclaimed and accomplished artists and we are proud to honor her tremendous talent.“

Michelle Sobrino-Stearns. Variety Group Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer

“It’s such a tremendous honour for CANNESERIES to give this award to Dame Diana Rigg. We have the highest respect for both her career and her personality.In the history of television, no actor has been as iconic in two different roles as her, from Emma Peel in the 60’s to Lady Olenna Tyrell in the 2010’s. Her work on stage, in film and obviously television is an example for every actor. We are looking forward honouring Dame Diana Rigg in Cannes for the opening of oursecond edition of CANNESERIES.”

Artistic Director Albin Lewi

The award will be presented to Dame Diana Rigg on April 5during the Festival Opening Ceremony and she will held a special masterclass on April 6 for the general public.