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Doctor Who companion Mary Tamm dies aged 62

Mary Tamm who has died at the age of 62 Photo: PA/PA Wire

Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm died this morning after a battle against cancer. She was 62.

Tamm, who played the Doctor's companion Romana alongside Tom Baker, died at hospital in London.

Barry Langford her agent of 22 years, said:

She had a great zest for life. She was a fantastic actress - she played stage parts of such range, parts that would take your breath away. She could play any role, and do so wonderfully.

Mr Langford said Tamm had been saddened by the recent deaths of contemporaries Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who, and Angharad Rees, who died last weekend.

He added: "All of these people who she knew were going."

Tamm leaves husband Marcus Ringrose, daughter Lauren and seven-year-old grandson Max. She had been suffering from cancer for 18 months.

She was a darling companion and wonderfully witty and kind. I'm so sorry to hear of her death.

– Tom Baker
Mary Tamm and American actor Jon Voight in a scene from the thriller "The Odessa File" Credit: PA Wire

Tamm's husband paid tribute to her "sheer talent". Mr Ringrose said:

Mary was truly beautiful in every way. She was a very spiritual lady who loved nature and adored all animals.On set and offstage, her earthy northern humour and self-deprecating wit brightened every occasion. She was a consummate actress, and immensely popular in the profession.Mary was born in Bradford, the daughter of impoverished refugees, and through sheer talent and hard graft got herself to Rada, starred opposite Jon Voight in The Odessa File, and found a form of immortality as the Time Lady Romana opposite Tom Baker in Doctor Who.We will miss her every day.

The actress was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, the daughter of Estonian refugees, and had a long career on stage and screen. As well as Doctor Who, she starred in films The Odessa File and The Likely Lads and had recurring roles in soaps Brookside and EastEnders.

Actress Mary Tamm, with Dr Who (Tom Baker) and K9 the robot dog Credit: PA/PA Wire

Tamm, who lived in Battersea, south London, trained at Rada. Her first professional job was at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre where she worked alongside Derek Jacobi, Joan Sims and Ronnie Barker. From there she moved on to television work and film, her first feature film being Tales That Witness Madness with Kim Novak.

She recently starred in Wire In The Blood, Paradise Heights and Jonathan Creek, with stage work including Amanda in Private Lives and Beverley in Abigail's Party. Her autobiography was published three years ago.

Actress Helen Lederer, a friend of Tamm's, said: "Mary was such an energised, talented woman with a great twinkle in her eye and she was so very beautiful."