Dynasty star Kate O’Mara dies

The British actress was best known for her role as sister to Joan

Collins' Alexis Colby in the US soap.

She also had prominent roles in the '80s series Howards' Way and

Triangle, and in Doctor Who.

Her agent said she died in a Sussex nursing

home following a short illness.

He praised her "energy and vitality" and her

"love for theatre and acting".

"A shining star has gone out and Kate will be

dearly missed by all who knew and have

worked with her," said agent Phil Belfield, who

labelled the actress "extraordinary".

O'Mara's first television roles were in the

1960s, but she came to public attention

playing the manipulative Cassandra "Caress"

Morrell in Dynasty.

She played a ruthless businesswoman in BBC

drama Howards' Way and was briefly a regular

on the North Sea ferry drama Triangle.

She also appeared in Doctor Who, opposite

both Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, as

renegade Time Lord The Rani – a role she said

she would love to return to.

"If you put a much older woman in Doctor

Who, they can identify with it," she told

Digital Spy ahead of the 50th anniversary

celebrations for the show, where she tweeted

images of herself with former co-stars.

"I think it's quite an interesting concept and if

you remember things like Grimm's Fairytales,

the older woman is often the villainess, often

the terrifying figure – why I do not know, but

often she is. I think it's an idea to be


On hearing the news of her death, Doctor Who

co-star Baker tweeted: "Oh my goodness. Kate

O'Mara is no longer with us. Sad sad news. A

delightful, committed and talented lady and

actress. We are the poorer."

In the 1990s, O'Mara starred in BBC comedy

Absolutely Fabulous as Joanna Lumley's on-

screen sister Jackie, and in 2001, she made a

string of appearances in ITV drama Bad Girls.

More recently she had appeared in ITV soap

Benidorm and a 2012 stage adaptation of

Agatha Christie's Death On The Nile.

One of her final public appearances saw her

hosting An Evening With Kate O'Mara in

London last October.

She published two autobiographies and two

novels, When She Was Bad and Good Time Girl.

She was married to actors Richard Willis and

Jeremy Young and leaves a sister, actress

Belinda Carroll. Her son Dickon died last year.

The actress last posted a message on Twitter

on 17 March.

"Thank you so much for your kind tweets," she


"It's both humbling and completely

overwhelming to read all of your messages.

Much Love x."


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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