Emma Peel is a fictional spy played by Diana Rigg in the British 1960s adventure television series The Avengers. She was born Emma Knight, the daughter of an industrialist, Sir John Knight. As a lady spy adventurer and expert in martial arts, she became a feminist role model around the world, and is considered an icon of British popular culture. Regarded as a 1960s fashion icon, the character is often remembered for the leather catsuit worn by Rigg in the first series.