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Cult | News | 11 November 2004

O'Mara's Family Affairs

Soap stalwart joins Five's early evening drama.

Kate O'Mara is to join the cast of Family Affairs for 16 episodes in the New Year.

Somewhat of a heroine of the Cult Team (well, of Dan anyway), Kate is a bit of a soap stalwart, having played a truck magnate in The Brothers, a bloke magnet in Dynasty, a boat magnate in Howard's Way and Triangle, and a bat magnet in Doctor Who.

In Family Affairs, Kate will play Jackie Lawrence, mother of Chrissy Costello. And guess what? She's a bit of a bitch.

Series producer Alison Davis said: "We needed someone who can carry off a tough, steely character with conviction.

"Kate's played a number of strong, hard-nosed women and Jackie's going to have the same cool, emotionless exterior."

"Although I've only just joined, I can see it's going to be fast and furious, with no time for rehearsing or discussing the scripts," said Kate.

Here's hoping her character gets the chance to bag a toy boy, sunbathe topless on a ferry in a force ten gale, and do an impression of Bonnie Langford.

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