Monday 18 November 2019

'Dynasty' star Kate O'Mara dies at 74

Kate O'Mara, pictured with Ernie Wise and Eric Morecambe
Kate O'Mara, pictured with Ernie Wise and Eric Morecambe

David Wilcock

FORMER 'Dynasty' star Kate O'Mara has died at the age of 74, her agent said.

The actress was best known for playing Alexis Colby's scheming sister Cassandra "Caress" Morrell in the US soap in the mid-1980s, along with roles in British series 'Doctor Who', 'Howards' Way' and 'Triangle'.

Her agent, Phil Belfield, said she died this morning in a Sussex nursing home after a short illness.

He said: "She was extraordinary. She had so much energy and vitality with a love for theatre and acting."

He added: "A shining star has gone out and Kate will be dearly missed by all who knew and have worked with her."

O'Mara's first television roles were in the 1960s. But it was during the 1980s that she landed her biggest and longest-running roles.

As well as 'Dynasty', she starred as a ruthless businesswoman in BBC drama 'Howards' Way', which was dubbed the "Dallas of the Seas".

She also appeared in the original run of 'Doctor Who' opposite both Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy as renegade Time Lord The Rani.

Last year, which was 'Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, she said she would like to reprise the role.

She told the Huffington Post: "I'd love to come back as The Rani another time around.

"To have a much older woman as your adversary, there's something interesting about that."

In the 1990s, she starred in the comedy show 'Absolutely Fabulous' as Jackie, the sister of Joanna Lumley's character Patsy.

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