Kate O'Mara
The actor Kate O'Mara, who died on 30 March 2014.Twitter

Friends and colleagues of actress Kate O'Mara have been paying their personal tributes to the star who died today.

The former Dynasty star passed away following a short illness. She was 74.

Joan Collins who played the actresses sister wrote on Twitter: "Tragic news about Kate O Mara, we had great fun on Dynasty when she played my sister Caress who Alexis insisted on calling CASSIE ! RIP"

O' Mara starred in Dr Who as the renegade Time Lord The Rani. Her former co-star Tom Baker expressed his shock at the news of her passing saying: "Oh my goodness. Kate O'Mara is no longer with us. Sad sad news. A delightful, committed and talented lady and actress. We are the poorer."

Joan Collins / Twitter

Posting a picture of herself with the actress, Bonnie Langford said: "So sad to hear that the wonderful Kate O'Mara has gone. Treasured memories xxx"

Actress Sarah Douglas ‏added: "So sorry to learn that Kate O'Mara has died. What a lovely lady"'

Presenter and chat show host Graham Norton, who had interviewed the star several times, wrote: "Kate O'Mara is no more. Only 74! I loved every encounter I had with her. Today doesn't seem so sunny."

Bonnie Langford / Twitter

The official account for BAFTA tweeted: "We're saddened to learn that Kate O'Mara, who starred in Dynasty, has passed away."'

Paying tribute to her talents, her agent Phil Belfield said: "She was extraordinary, she had so much energy and vitality with a love for theatre and acting. A shining star has gone out and Kate will be dearly missed by all who knew and have worked with her."