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Kate O’Mara dies in Sussex nursing home

Kate O'Mara at Chichester Cathedral last September. Picture by Louise Adams

Kate O'Mara at Chichester Cathedral last September. Picture by Louise Adams

FORMER Dynasty star Kate O’Mara has died at the age of 74, in a Sussex nursing home, 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.”

She was a Chichester Festival Theatre regular, acting in Melvyn Bragg’s King Lear in New York in 1992, and Christopher Fry’s Venus Observed in the same year.

In September 2013, she attended the memorial service for theatre great and festival theatre artistic director Patrick Garland at Chichester Cathedral.

Mr Belfield said there would be a private funeral and a memorial service on a date to be confirmed.

 

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