Kate O’Mara is a National Treasure of a Certain Age currently touring the country in ‘Murder On The Nile’ by Agatha Christie, a fabulously strange mash-up of murder mystery, spiritual problem play and an 80s-style sitcom – like ‘Duty Free’ set in 1930s Egypt.
Kate is mainly known for trashy and geeky television roles – she’s been in ‘Dynasty’, was the Rani in ‘Doctor Who’, and the evil villainess Laura Wilde in ‘Howard’s Way’. She made a haulage firm sexy in ‘The Brothers’ and a channel ferry sexy in ‘Triangle’, and made the already sexy Lesbian Vampire genre even more sexy in Hammer’s ‘The Vampire Lovers’.
She tended to play sexy schemers because she was beautiful, intelligent and most of all, had the camp sense of humour essential for all glamour girls who want to work after the age of 28.
It’s a shame that she hasn’t had that one great role that would make her as famous as Elizabeth Taylor or Joan Collins – she certainly deserved it – it’s a measure of her charisma that she’s a ‘Name’ regardless of the guest spots and forgotten serials that make up most of her C.V.
There is only one Kate O’Mara.