×

‘Game of Thrones’ Star Diana Rigg Receives Variety Award at Canneseries

Diana Rigg, who rose to stardom in “The Avengers” in the 60s and continues to attract admirers today in “Game of Thrones,” received the Variety Icon Award at Canneseries Friday.

The actress, who won a BAFTA for “Mother Love” and an Emmy for “Rebecca,” underscored the longevity of her career, and the progression of the series artform. “I date back to when the series were in black and white, and so I can tell you about how far series have come,” she told the audience at the Cannes Palais. “They are coming into their own because they are being recognized as a major cultural power in the world, and rightly so.”

Lindsey Morgan, the star of sci-fi drama “The 100,” received the festival’s Rising Star award. Morgan paid tribute to the potential of series to “inspire” and “empower.”

“Sharing someone’s story has the power to inspire and empower someone else’s [life] and that’s what’s great about storytelling,” she said.

Morgan added that series have the power to “move something deep within us in order to make us feel more connected with each other, with ourselves, with our world, our past, our future.” Series allowed people to share “the most epic story of all: the story of the human spirit,” she said.

Other guests at the opening included “Sex Education” star Emma Mackey, “Vikings” star Katheryn Winnick, Baran bo Odar, the co-creator of Netflix’s “Dark,” and Italian actress Miriam Leone.

Among the shows screening at the festival, which continues until Wednesday, are Gregg Araki’s “Now Apocalypse,” Gurinder Chadha’s “Beecham House,” “The Rook,” created by Karyn Usher, Lisa Zwerling and “The Night Manager’s” Stephen Garrett, and “Years and Years,” starring Emma Thompson, and created by Russell T. Davies, best known for revamping “Doctor Who.”

Canneseries

Actress Lindsey Morgan at the opening of Canneseries (Courtesy of Shutterstock)

More TV

  • Simone Missick All Rise

    'All Rise' Star Simone Missick on Rarely Seeing 'Messy, Fragile Black Women' on TV

    As the star of CBS’ courtroom drama “All Rise,” Simone Missick takes playing Judge Lola Carmichael seriously, even if the character isn’t always that herself. “I’ve got the fortune of coming up after Viola Davis, after Kerry Washington, that showed networks and buyers and audiences that they did want to see [these] stories told,” Missick [...]

  • Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren,

    Tenth Democratic Debate Scores Big Early Numbers for CBS

    CBS came out easily on top in the Tuesday night TV ratings race, thanks to the tenth Democratic debate of the election cycle. Last night’s chaotic affair scored a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and drew just over 13 million viewers, per the fast national ratings. Those numbers are likely to adjust upwards later in [...]

  • first wives club BET

    'First Wives Club' Renewed for Season 2 at BET Plus

    BET Plus has renewed “First Wives Club” for a second season. “Tracy Oliver’s ‘First Wives Club’ has been hugely successful on BET Plus, served as one of our signature originals at launch and helped us quickly become the largest African American focused SVOD service,” said Devin Griffin, general manager of BET Plus. “Our subscribers loved [...]

  • The Spanish Princess Starz

    Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsch Lifts Lid on Local Originals Drive for SVOD Starzplay

    Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsch has outlined the local originals strategy for Starzplay, revealing that a slate of shows are being planned out of the Middle East and India as the business looks to complement its U.S. and English-language pipeline of content. Speaking at the Berlinale Series Market and Conference on Wednesday, the executive told Variety that the [...]

  • Rebecca Breeds Clarice Starling

    Clarice Starling Series at CBS Casts Rebecca Breeds in Lead Role

    Hello, Clarice. Variety has learned that Rebecca Breeds has been cast as the title character in “Clarice” at CBS, which follows FBI Agent Clarice Starling in the aftermath of the events of “Silence of the Lambs” as she hunts down new serial murderers and sexual predators while also navigating the political world of Washington D.C. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content