Kate O'Mara (b. August 10, 1939, Leicester) is an English film and television actress.
Born as Kate Carroll, the daughter of John Carroll and actress Hazel Bainbridge. She was educated at the Aida Foster School, beginning an early career as a speech therapist, but switched gears to acting. O'Mara had an out of wedlock son, Chris (b. 1963), whom she was forced to give up for adoption but was later reunited with him. She made her debut in a stage production of The Merchant of Venice in 1963.
Although she was one of Hammer Studio's Glamour Girls (The Vampire Lovers, The Horror of Frankenstein), O'Mara these days is best known for her work in television series. Prominent roles in dramas such as The Brothers (as Jane Maxwell), Triangle (as Katherine Laker) Howards' Way (as Laura Wilde) and a down on their luck Lady of the Manor in the revamped Crossroads has seen O'Mara carve a niche for herself as a determined "ball-breaking" female on television. She also played a recurring villainess, the Rani, in the science fiction series Doctor Who.
She played Caress Morell, sister of Alexis Colby (played by Joan Collins) on Dynasty as well as Jackie Stone, sister of Patsy Stone (played by Joanna Lumley) on Absolutely Fabulous.
On radio, O'Mara made a guest appearance in the radio comedy series Nebulous in 2006.
In March 2008 she played Marlene Dietrich in a stage play entitled 'Lunch with Marlene'. From August to November 2008, she plays Mrs Cheveley in Oscar Wilde's stage play 'An Ideal Husband' directed by Peter Hall and produced by Bill Kenwright.
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