Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm dies

Thursday July 26, 2012

Mary Tamm, famous for her role in Doctor Who, has died at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer.

The actress, who played the Doctor Tom Baker's companion Romana, died at hospital in London on Thursday.

Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire to Estonian refugees, she had a long career on both stage and screen starring in Odessa File, The Likely Lads and soaps Brookside and EastEnders.

Mary leaves behind husband Marcus Ringrose, daughter Lauren and seven-year-old grandson Max. She had been suffering from cancer for 18 months.

Her agent of 22 years, Barry Langford, said: "She had a great zest for life. She was a fantastic actress – she played stage parts of such range, parts that would take your breath away.

"She could play any role, and do so wonderfully."

Mary, who lived in Battersea, south London, trained at Rada.

More recently she had roles in Wire In The Blood, Paradise Heights and Jonathan Creek, and performed on stage as Amanda in Private Lives and Beverley in Abigail's Party.

Her autobiography, First Generation, was published three years ago.

According to her agent Mary had been saddened by the recent deaths of contemporaries Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who, and Angharad Rees, who died last weekend.

Photo: Getty

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