The entertainment world has lost another notable today, as British beauty Kate O'Mara passed away this morning at the age of 74. The cause of her death is unclear, although she is said to have been ill fairly recently.
O'Mara had been acting in film and television since the mid-1960s, initially booking guest roles on classic UK dramas like 'Secret Agent,' 'The Saint,' and 'The Avengers.' In 1970, O'Mara found her first taste of big screen success, first as a damsel turned vampiric seductress in the Hammer horror film 'The Vampire Lovers,' and then as the object of the titular doctor's creepy affections in fellow Hammer flick 'The Horror of Frankenstein.'
From 1975-1976, O'Mara booked her first regular TV gig, playing the role of Jane Maxwell on BBC drama 'The Brothers.' In the early '80s, O'Mara fronted the infamously flawed soap opera 'Triangle,' a show that later went on to be screened as part of a late night BBC block referred to as "TV Hell." To her credit, the blame for this was not placed on O'Mara, but rather on the writers responsible for the lacking plots and poorly written dialog.
In 1986, O'Mara was cast in what would become her best known role, that of Caress Morell, manipulative sister to Joan Collins' Alexis Colby on the mega popular ABC primetime soap 'Dynasty.' While the role only lasted a year, it was a memorable one, and remains O'Mara's biggest claim to fame. From there, O'Mara finished out the '80s by recurring as The Rani on 'Doctor Who' and playing Laura Wilde on 'Howard's Way.'
O'Mara's career was considerably less active in the '90s and '00s, but she (or rather, her voice) still managed to turn up in the Disney animated classics 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Aladdin,' and she appeared in the flesh on several episodes of 'Bad Girls' and 'Absolutely Fabulous.' Her last role to date was on a 2012 episode of the ITV comedy 'Benidorm.'
Kate O'Mara is survived by her sister, actress Belinda Carroll. We here at TVRage extend our condolences to her family, friends, and fans.