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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



  • Andy Davies

    April 16th, 2014 - 6:52pm

    Surprised to learn of this. RIP Kate. I have fond memories of your 80s episodes. A.

  • dan23uk

    April 9th, 2014 - 7:56pm


  • mrewanwatson

    April 8th, 2014 - 9:55am



    April 7th, 2014 - 9:13pm

    Rest In Peace

  • sammyboi101

    April 7th, 2014 - 1:01pm

    I know, the only person I remember them doing a page about is Elizabeth Sladen!

    I think they should do more to remember the people of Doctor Who.

  • Obsie

    April 3rd, 2014 - 9:26am

    By ‘eck lad, you brought up a few memories for me there with those shows.

  • Castromazing

    April 2nd, 2014 - 9:44pm

    It’s digraceful that the regular site for doctor who doesn’t have anything about this sad news
    Such an amazing actress I mean leave her it’s the man you want god

  • 100000BC

    April 2nd, 2014 - 5:23pm

    Yeah at least the Brig got Big Finish and SJA

  • sammyboi101

    April 2nd, 2014 - 2:31pm

    I know how you feel but The Brig was in SJA Enemy Of The Bane.

  • VespiformsSting

    April 2nd, 2014 - 1:49pm

    Shame that like Nicholas Courtney she never got the chance to recreate a role she’d made her own in new Doctor Who…..

  • Hector Sandler

    April 2nd, 2014 - 7:35am

    Yes I Kate Omara in a lot role beside her in Doctor Who before Colin Bake she was the TV series Brothers opposite Colin Baker. Earlier like Roger Delgado & second Doctor Patrick Trougton she was in Roger Moores TV series The Saint & The persuaders. Also the 70’s version of Return of the Saint. She was never a Bond girl but in the Documentary uncredited she did a part. I think in the late Steve Forest TV series The Baron & maybe other shows. She was great actor. Like Jon Pertwee Patrick Troughton she had a great carers

  • Fiona Ting

    April 1st, 2014 - 8:18pm

    Yes is very sad she pass away
    Anywhere she is wonderful actress

  • Robert Adams

    April 1st, 2014 - 5:49pm

    I miss you so bad already Mrs O’Mara! You’re awesome and the spellchecker should recognise O’Mara.

  • greyzinychimp

    March 31st, 2014 - 6:30pm


  • yo!

    March 31st, 2014 - 5:18pm

    ahhh so sad

  • matparks08

    March 31st, 2014 - 10:55am

    Moffat won’t always be in control so maybe the next producer will see things differently.

  • whodom

    March 31st, 2014 - 8:59am

    Can’t believe it such a shock RIP


    March 31st, 2014 - 8:13am

    I read last year online that Moffat won’t ever bring back the Rani cos he claims he can’t see the point, but now that Kate has sadly passed away, maybe he might change his mind . . for her 🙂

  • Lego sets

    March 30th, 2014 - 11:08pm

    Wish she could just regenerate….

  • Anonymous

    March 30th, 2014 - 10:46pm

    Its not just her who died! Derek Martinus also died 🙁

    RIP the both of you!

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