Kate O’Mara was born Francesca Meredith Carroll on August 10, 1939 in Leicester, Sussex, England. O'Mara, born in Leicester, was christened Francesca Meredith Carroll, the daughter of John Carroll, an RAF flying instructor, and his wife, Hazel Bainbridge [1910-1998], a busy touring actor who took the children with her wherever she worked. Her younger sister is the actor Belinda Carroll [1945- ]. Her family’s background was the theatre – five generations of actors and actor-managers, including JW Boughton, her great-grandfather, a theatre owner in Southsea, Hampshire, and friend of Charles Dickens. A dedicated Shakespearean, she gave definitive performances as Beatrice in “Much Ado About Nothing” and Titania in “A Midsummer Night's Dream” in the Open Air theatre, Regent's Park, London.
However, she was best known to the public as a stalwart of many popular television soaps such as ‘The Brothers’ (1975-76), ‘Dynasty’ (1986), ‘Howards' Way’ (1989-90), a revival of ‘Crossroads’ (2003), and ‘Triangle’ (1981-82).
Her film career included two Euro-westerns: “The Desperados” (1969) as Adah and “Catlow” (1971) where she played a whore.
O’Mara died earlier this year on March 30th.
Today we remember Kate O’Mara on what would have been her 75th birthday.