Dynasty and Triangle star Kate O'Mara dies aged 74

Former Dynasty star Kate O'Mara has died at the age of 74. She 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 Doctor Who, Howards' Way and Triangle.

Joan Collins pays tribute to Dynasty 'sister' Kate O'Mara

Joan Collins has paid tribute on Twitter to her Dynasty co-star Kate O'Mara, who has died at the age of 74.

Collins, who played Alexis Colby to O'Mara's Cassandra "Caress" Morrell in the popular 1980s US soap, tweeted:

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Tragic news about Kate O Mara , we had great fun on Dynasty when she played my sister Caress who Alexis insisted on calling CASSIE ! RIP

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Kate O'Mara - from Doctor Who to Marlene Dietrich

Actress Kate O'Mara, who has died aged 74, appeared on stage and screen in variety of roles - from Rani opposite Sylvester McCoy's Doctor Who to Marlene Dietrich.

Kate O'Mara (right) with Bonnie Langford and Sylvester McCoy  on the Doctor Who set.
Kate O'Mara (right) with Bonnie Langford and Sylvester McCoy on the Doctor Who set. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Kate O'Mara appeared on The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special.
Kate O'Mara appeared on The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Kate O'Mara appeared as Marlene Dietrich in the play Lunch With Marlene.
Kate O'Mara appeared as Marlene Dietrich in the play Lunch With Marlene. Credit: Alma Robinson/Alma Robinson/EMPICS Entertainment

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Kate O'Mara's agent: 'A shining star has gone out'

Kate O'Mara's agent said "a shining star has gone out" as he announced she has died aged 74.

Phil Belfield said:

She was extraordinary, she had so much energy and vitality with a 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.

There will be a private funeral and a memorial service on a date to be confirmed later, Mr Belfield added.

Dynasty and Triangle star Kate O'Mara dies aged 74

Former Dynasty star Kate O'Mara has died at the age of 74, her agent announced.

Actress Kate O'Mara in 1998. Credit: Michael Walter/PA Archive

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.