Kate O'Mara

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Kate O'Mara
Rani.jpg
Kate O'Mara as The Rani in Doctor Who
BornFrances M. Carroll
(1939-08-10) 10 August 1939 (age 73)
Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
OccupationActress
Spouse(s)Jeremy Young (1961–1976; divorced)
Richard Willis (1993–1996; divorced)
ChildrenChris Linde
Dickon Young
RelativesBelinda Carroll (sister)
 
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Kate O'Mara
Rani.jpg
Kate O'Mara as The Rani in Doctor Who
BornFrances M. Carroll
(1939-08-10) 10 August 1939 (age 73)
Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
OccupationActress
Spouse(s)Jeremy Young (1961–1976; divorced)
Richard Willis (1993–1996; divorced)
ChildrenChris Linde
Dickon Young
RelativesBelinda Carroll (sister)

Kate O'Mara (born Frances M. Carroll, 10 August 1939, Leicester, Leicestershire) is an English film, stage and television actress. She is perhaps most widely known for her role as Caress Morell, the scheming sister of Alexis Colby in the 1980s American primetime soap opera Dynasty, though is also known for playing other villains such as the Rani in Doctor Who She also worked alongside Colin Baker in "The Brothers". And she portrayed Laura Wilde in Howards' Way.

Personal life[edit source | edit]

Her birth name was Frances M. Carroll, the daughter of John F. Carroll, an RAF flying instructor and actress Hazel Bainbridge (b. 1909/1910 – d. 7 January 1998). Her younger sister is actress Belinda Carroll,[1] making O'Mara the ex-sister-in-law to actor Simon Williams.[2] After boarding school she attended art school before becoming a full-time actress.[3]

She has been married and divorced three times and in 1977 she had an out of wedlock son, Chris Linde, whom she was forced to give up for adoption but was later reunited with, although it was reported they did not reconcile. He accused O'Mara of being an "uncaring mother". Shortly afterwards she wrote a novel, When She Was Bad, about a struggling actress who has an illegitimate baby adopted at birth.[4] She also had another son, Dickon Young (b. 1964), formerly a stage manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company before setting up his own company building tree-houses in the mid-1990s. He was found hanged, presumed suicide, at the family home in Long Marston, Warwickshire on 31 December 2012.[5]

She is a strict vegetarian and animal rights activist.[6]

Career[edit source | edit]

O'Mara made her stage debut in a production of The Merchant of Venice in 1963. Her earliest television appearances included guest roles on Danger Man, Adam Adamant Lives!, The Saint, Z-Cars and The Avengers in the 1960s. In 1970, she appeared in two Hammer Studio horror films; The Vampire Lovers and The Horror of Frankenstein. In 1975, she had a regular role in the BBC drama series The Brothers as Jane Maxwell.

In the early 1980s, O'Mara starred in the BBC soap opera Triangle. In 1985, she played the Rani in the Doctor Who adventure "The Mark of the Rani". In 1986, she was cast as Caress Morrell in the American primetime soap opera Dynasty.[7] Playing the sister of Alexis Colby (Joan Collins), O'Mara appeared in 17 episodes of the sixth season and 4 episodes of the seventh. After returning to the UK, she appeared in her second Doctor Who story, "Time and the Rani" in 1987. She was then later cast as another scheming villain, Laura Wilde, in the BBC soap Howards' Way in 1989.

O'Mara continued to make television appearances throughout the 1990s, including Cluedo and Absolutely Fabulous. In 2001, she had a recurring role in the ITV prison drama series Bad Girls before appearing in the short-lived revival of the soap opera Crossroads. She has continued to perform on stage and in March 2008 she played Marlene Dietrich in a stage play entitled Lunch with Marlene. From August to November 2008, she played Mrs Cheveley in Oscar Wilde's stage play 'An Ideal Husband' directed by Peter Hall and produced by Bill Kenwright.[citation needed]

O'Mara has also performed in radio and audio plays. In 2000 she reprised her role as the Rani in the BBV audio play The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind, and in 2006 she made a guest appearance in the radio comedy series Nebulous.

Writing[edit source | edit]

O'Mara has written four books, two fictional novels (When She Was Bad (ISBN 0261667157) and Good Time Girl (ISBN 0002242915)) and two autobiographical books, Vamp Until Ready (ISBN 1861057008) and Game Plan: A Woman's Survival Kit (ISBN 0283060573).

Film and television credits[edit source | edit]

Film and television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1957Emergency – Ward 10NurseSoap opera
1964–
1966
No Hiding PlaceJacqueline2 episodes
1965Danger ManAnnetteEpisode: A Room in the Basement
1965Gaslight TheatrePatienceEpisode: The Drunkard or, the Sins of the Parents Shall Be Visited...
1966Court MartialEpisode: Logistics of Survival
1966Weavers GreenMick Armstrong
1967Welcome to Japan, Mr. BondMiss Moneypenny's assistantUncredited
1967Adam Adamant Lives!Sonia FawziEpisode: The Basardi Affair
1967Troubleshooters, TheThe TroubleshootersKim HartEpisode: Mr. Know-How
1967–
1968
Saint, TheThe SaintAnnabelle/Nadine/YvetteEpisodes: Double Take, Counterfeit Countess, Fast Women
1967–
1969
Z-CarsKate/Mae Astell4 episodes
1968PromenadeLauraShort film
1968Limbo Line, TheThe Limbo LineIrina Tovskia
1968CorruptionVal Nolan
1968Champions, TheThe ChampionsJane PurcellEpisode: To Catch a Rat
1968Great CatherineVarinkaGordon Flemyng film
1969Avengers, TheThe AvengersLisaEpisode: Stay Tuned
1969Desperados, TheThe DesperadosAdah (Jacob's girl)Henry Levin film
1969Main Chance, TheThe Main ChanceJulia Main4 episodes
1969Department SPietraEpisode: Who Plays the Dummy
1970Never a Cross WordEllieEpisode: When is a Spy...
1970CodenameHelen LingardEpisode: Opening Gambit
1970Paul TempleLuciana BenedettiEpisode: Re-take
1970Vampire Lovers, TheThe Vampire LoversThe Governess (Mme. Perrodot)Roy Ward Baker film
1970Adventures of Don Quick, TheThe Adventures of Don QuickPeleenEpisode: People isn't Everything
1970Horror of Frankenstein, TheThe Horror of FrankensteinAlysJimmy Sangster film
1972Man About a Dog, AA Man About a DogStorm Riordan
1972ITV Sunday Night TheatreStorm Riordan
1972Persuaders!, TheThe Persuaders!Heidi SchulmanEpisode: Read and Destroy
1972Jason KingDelphiEpisode: A Kiss for a Beautiful Killer
1972Clouds of WitnessCynthia TarrantEpisode 1.3
1972PathfindersSection Officer Anne DenbyEpisode: Fog
1973Spy TrapSharon Lunghi3 episodes
1974FeelingsBarbara MartinGerry O'Hara film
1974Protectors, TheThe ProtectorsSarah TrentEpisode: A Pocketful of Posies
1974Tamarind Seed, TheThe Tamarind SeedAnna SkriabinaBlake Edwards film
1975–
1976
Brothers, TheThe BrothersJane Maxwell30 episodes
1976MachinegunnerPat Livingston
1976Morecambe & WiseKate O'Mata HariChristmas Special
1977The Two RonniesLucy LeeSeries 6 Episodes 3-6: Stop! You're Killing Me mini-serial
1978Tuntematon ystävä (An Unknown Friend)Karen Lindén/Judith Russell/Berit LindströmFinnish crime/suspense film
1978Return of the SaintJeanetteEpisode: Assault Force
1978Nativity, TheThe NativitySalomeTV film
1979Plank, TheThe Plank'It's Paint' Woman
1981–
1982
TriangleKatherine Laker27 episodes
1985 & 1987Doctor WhoThe Rani6 episodes
1986Dempsey and MakepeaceJoyce HargreavesEpisode: Guardian Angels
1986DynastyCassandra 'Caress' Morrell21 episodes
1989–
1990
Howards' WayLaura Wilde26 episodes
1990CluedoMrs. PeacockEpisode: Christmas Past, Christmas Present
1992AladdinMadam Roly Poly (voice)Ron Clements and John Musker film
1993Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic TomatoesFemale Patient
1993Doctor Who: Dimensions in TimeThe Rani2 mini episodes
1995–
2003
Absolutely FabulousJackie Stone2 episodes
1997New Adventures of Robin Hood, TheThe New Adventures of Robin HoodLady IsabelleEpisode: Marion to the Rescue
1999Road to Ithaca, TheThe Road to IthacaDespina
2001Bad GirlsVirginia O'Kane4 episodes
2003CrossroadsLady Alice FoxSoap opera
2005Family AffairsJackie LawrenceSoap opera
2008DoctorsRosetta FroomEpisode: Fears, Feats & the Frooms
2012BenidormBarbara Simmonds1 episode

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Birth registration info from Findmypast.co.uk:
    Civil Registration event: Birth
    Name: CARROLL, Frances M
    Registration District: Leicester
    County: Leicestershire
    Year of Registration: 1939
    Quarter of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
    Mother's Maiden Name: Bainbridge
    Volume No: 7A, Page No: 592
  2. ^ Daily Mail, Weekend, 15 January 2011
  3. ^ "She's not a superbitch after all", Edinburgh Evening News. 25 April 2002
  4. ^ http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Culture%3A+%27I%27m+every+man%27s+dream+of+what+a+sexy+woman+should+be%27...-a075463619
  5. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/9777586/Kate-OMara-beyond-distraught-over-sons-suspected-suicide.html
  6. ^ "The shape I'm in: Kate O'Mara", Daily Mail. Retrieved on 9 July 2010
  7. ^ Kate O'Mara (interview) Metro. 31 January 2005

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