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Kate O'Mara
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Frances Meredith Carroll

(1939-08-10)10 August 1939
Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
Died 30 March 2014(2014-03-30) (aged 74)
Sussex, England, UK
Occupation Actress, writer
Years active 1963–2012
Jeremy Young
(m. 1966; div. 1976)

Richard Willis
(m. 1993; div. 1996)
Children Dickon Young, Christopher Linde
Relatives Belinda Carroll (sister)

Kate O'Mara (10 August 1939 – 30 March 2014) was an English film, stage and television actress, and writer.


O'Mara made her stage debut in a 1963 production of The Merchant of Venice. Her other stage roles included Elvira in Blithe Spirit (1974), Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (1982), Cleopatra in Antony & Cleopatra (1982), Goneril in King Lear (1987) and Marlene Dietrich in Lunch with Marlene (2008).

Her films included two 1970 Hammer Horror films: The Vampire Lovers and The Horror of Frankenstein. On television, she had regular roles in The Brothers (1975–76), Triangle (1981-82) and Howards' Way (1989–90), and portrayed the recurring part of the Rani in Doctor Who (1985–87).

O'Mara played Caress Morell, the scheming sister of Alexis Colby in the American primetime soap opera Dynasty in 1986. She also appeared as Jackie Stone in two episodes of the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.


O'Mara died on 30 March 2014 in a Sussex nursing home, aged 74, from ovarian cancer. She left a £350,000 estate, bequeathing £10,000 to the Actors’ Benevolent Fund and, after the funeral and legal fees, the remainder to her younger sister Belinda Carroll, a former actress.

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