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March 30th, 2014 50 comments

Doctor Who star Kate O’Mara (The Rani) has died

Doctor Who star Kate O’Mara (The Rani) has died

From BBC news…

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


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