Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm (Romana) Dies Aged 62
I am sadden to report that once again we have lost someone in the Doctor Who community. A month after the news of Caroline John (Liz Shaw) passing, we have lost another actress that played a companion on Doctor Who, Mary Tamm. You will remember her for her role as the original Romana in the Tom Baker era. She introduced us to the Time Lady companion, Romana in 'The Key to Time' series of 1978 to 1979.
The Mirror reports that she lost her long battle against cancer this morning. She was only 62 years old.
Mary Tamm dead: Doctor Who actress loses battle against cancer - Mirror Online: "As well as Doctor Who, she starred in films The Odessa File and The Likely Lads and had recurring roles in soaps Brookside and EastEnders.
Tamm leaves husband Marcus Ringrose, daughter Lauren and seven-year-old son Max. She had been suffering from cancer for 18 months.
Mr Langford, her agent of 22 years, 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.'
Tamm, who lived in Battersea, south London, trained at Rada. Her first professional job was at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre where she worked alongside Derek Jacobi, Joan Sims and Ronnie Barker. From there she moved on to television work and film, her first feature film being Tales That Witness Madness with Kim Novak.
She recently starred in Wire In The Blood, Paradise Heights and Jonathan Creek, with stage work including Amanda in Private Lives and Beverley in Abigail's Party. Her autobiography was published three years ago."
(Via Mirror Online)
I was just alerted to this sad news by @johnrivers and once again taken by shock and disbelief. If I am not mistaken, Mary Tamm was the first person I had the pleasure of meeting in person who was directly connected to the series back in the 1980s. Her warm and to borrow the term, 'zest' had swiftly invited me into the world of DW personalities. I was looking forward to seeing her again at some point. It's with a heavy heart that I learn of yet another one of the DW family is gone now.