Associated Press
March 30, 2014 AT 02:52 PM EDT

Actress Kate O’Mara, best known for her role in the 1980s soap opera Dynasty, has died at the age of 74.

Her agent Phil Belfield said O’Mara died Sunday in a nursing home in southern England after a short illness.

The actress, who began her television career in the 1960s, became a household name for playing Alexis Colby’s scheming sister Cassandra “Caress” Morrell in Dynasty. She also appeared in the original run of British series Doctor Who and BBC drama Howards’ Way.

In the 1990s she starred in the comedy show Absolutely Fabulous with Joanna Lumley.

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