Vale: Kate O’Mara

2014-04-02_0145British actress Kate O’Mara, best known as Joan Collins’ sister Cassandra Morell on Dynasty, has died, aged 74.

O’Mara has been a television star since the 1960s with credits that The Saint and The Avengers.

She played The Rani in Doctor Who from 1985-86 and the ruthless businesswoman Laura Wilde in the BBC drama Howards’ Way. She also made an appearance on Absolutely Fabulous as Jackie Stone

Born in Leicester, UK, O’Mara was the daughter of actress Hazel Bainbridge (The Family Way) and John Carroll, who caught the attention of Hammer Studios which cast her in the 1970 films The Horror of Frankenstein and The Vampire Lovers.

She also founded The British Actor’s Theatre Company and wrote four books.

Source: Deadline


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  2. HardcorePrawn

    I guess that one of her most iconic roles, that of the vampish Katherine Laker in the ‘so-bad-it’s-good’ eighties soap Triangle, wasn’t broadcast over here.

    Set on a North Sea ferry, Kate raised eyebrows and temperatures in the opening scene of the first episode where she sunbathed topless on the deck of the ship.
    The scene was supposed to look glamorous and exotic, but thanks to the inclement North Sea weather, with dull overcast skies and a gale blowing, it was obvious that the poor woman was absolutely freezing.

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