Dynasty Star Kate O'Mara Dies Aged 74
Former Dynasty star Kate O'Mara has died at a Sussex nursing home at the age of 74 after a short illness.
She was best known for playing Alexis Colby's scheming sister Cassandra "Caress" Morrell in the soap in the mid-80s, but also had roles in Doctor Who, Howards' Way and Triangle.
Her agent 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."
Doctor Who actor Colin Baker tweeted: "Oh my goodness. Kate O'Mara is no longer with us. Sad sad news. A delightful, committed and talented lady and actress. We are the poorer."
During the 70s, O'Mara played a number of television roles in series including The Return Of The Saint and The Brothers. She also had a recurring role in the prison drama Bad Girls.
O'Mara was also loved for her role in the 90s comedy series Absolutely Fabulous where she played the sister of Patsy, the character played by Joanna Lumley.
She had been married and divorced three times - once to fellow Doctor Who actor Jeremy Young - and she was a strong advocate of animal welfare issues.
During her acting career she also wrote two autobiographies; Vamp Until Ready and Game Plan: A Woman's Survival Kit.
She also wrote two fictional novels When She Was Bad and Good Time Girl.