What happened to Dynasty stars next – from racy Playboy shoot to 'overdose' scare and appearing on Holby City

ONCE dubbed the world's sexiest woman, Joan Collins' latest TV appearance reminded us just how glamorous she was – and still is.

After watching her New Year's Day documentary, many fans were left hankering for the 88-year-old's iconic portrayal of Alexis Carrington in the cult series Dynasty back in the 1980s.


In the BBC's show This is Joan Collins, she revealed that she took the roles of catty matriarch Alexis because she thought living in California would be good for her daughter following an accident.

She said: "Katy’s accident was the worst thing that had ever happened to me.”

The role cemented her rise to stardom as well as many of her co-stars.

But 41 years on from the show's launch it's safe to say the cast are looking a little different – here we reveal what they got up to next.

Joan Collins – Alexis Carrington

Dame Joan Collins, 88, took the role of Alexis following her daughter Katy's accident and after discovering her then-husband, Ron Kass, had left them nearly broke.

The role cemented her as a stalwart in film and TV and she went on to star in The Royals, Benidorm, and more.

She has married three more times since the show and is finally happy with her fifth husband Percy Gibson who is 32 years her junior.

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Joan describes him as her "soulmate" and claims: "I've found my husband forever."

In 2015 she was awarded a Damehood for her services to charity and over the years has been dubbed "England's most beautiful girl" and "the world's sexiest woman".

John Forsythe – Blake Carrington

The American actor played the role of Blake Carrington, an oil baron, who is the ex-husband of Alexis.

When he accepted the role he was already a household name and starred as mysterious unseen millionaire private investigator Charles Townsend in Charlie's Angels.

Following the end of the series, he took a break and then starred in NBC's The Powers That Be.

Behind the scenes his wife became ill and in 1994 he took the heartbreaking decision to turn off her life-support system when cancer and breathing difficulties lead to her being comatose.

He remarried in 2002 and did his final acting role a year later as Charles Townsend in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle alongside Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu.

Sadly, in April 2010 he died of pneumonia at his home in California, aged 92.

Pamela Bellwood – Claudia Blaisdel Carrington

Pamela, 70, was well on her way to being an established actress when she landed the role of Claudia.

She left the series to be a full-time mum, occasionally acting in TV films, and married Nic Wheeler in 1984.

In 1983 Pamela went to Africa for a semi-naked Playboy shoot with Masai tribesmen, before turning down another $1million to pose for Hustler.

The actress later said her father didn’t speak to her for a month after the Playboy shoot.

John James – Jeff Colby

John, 65, played the show's main antagonist and went on to star in a spin-off called The Colbys.

It was his first major TV role and he has worked consistently ever – since including leading roles in All My Children and as Joe Biden in the upcoming biopic My Son Hunter.

He married Miss World runner-up Denise Ellen Coward and they have two children: Phillip, who is in the US airforce, and Laura, who won America's Next Top Model.

In 2014 he considered running as a Republican for New York's 21st congressional district.

Heather Locklear – Sammy Jo Carrington

Heather, 60, got her big break with Dynasty and went on to star in Spin City and Melrose Place.

Outside of acting, she caught the attention of her fans for her romances which included Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora.

She has also been arrested twice on battery accusations and was hospitalised over a suspected overdose in 2018.

Heather's only daughter, Ava, is a swimwear model.

Al Corley – Steven Carrington

Al, 65, only lasted two series on Dynasty before leaving – claiming his character never had any fun.

He then went on to star in 14 movies and directed five.

Al also released a hit single called Square Rooms and three studio albums.

In 1989 he married German actress Jessika Cardinahl. They have three children: Sophie Elena, Ruby Cardinahl and Clyde Nikolai Corley.

Emma Samms – Fallon Carrington Colby

Brit Emma, 61, was already becoming a household name in American soap General Hospital before being cast as Fallon.

After the series ended she also appeared in spin-off The Colbys and more recently guest-starred in Holby City and Doctors.

She has been married four times and has two children with her fourth husband John Holloway. She is currently married to TV journalist Simon McCoy.

Emma contracted Covid-19 in 2020 and suffered long-term complications from her initial infection.

Michael Nader – Farnsworth 'Dex' Dexter

After playing Dex in Dynasty Michael went on to have a brief stint on long-running US soap All My Children, but his contract was terminated when he was arrested for drug possession.

He then tried and failed to sue the network ABC for firing him – alleging they said he could return if he dealt with his drug problems.

His personal life saw him date actress Ellen Barber for a decade before they split. In June 1984 he married Robin Weiss and they had a daughter a month later but split.

He then married Jodi Lister who he stayed with for 18 years until his death.

Michael died on August 23, 2021, at the age of 76 at his home, ten days after being diagnosed with an untreatable form of cancer.

Linda Evans – Krystle Grant Jennings Carrington

The 73-year-old continued her acting career with a string of TV roles before retiring in 1987.

She opted to move to remote backcountry in Washington State and has a home with 70 acres of woodland.

In 2009 she won the UK edition of Hell’s Kitchen, beating Ade Edmondson in a closely fought final.

Linda has been married and divorced twice but remains close with step-daughter Sean Catherine Deck.

In May 2014 she was arrested for driving under the influence of a prescription.

Kathleen Beller – Kirby Anders

Kathleen originally wanted to be a midwife before finding her passion for acting.

She was married to actor Michael Hoit from 1980 to 1986. After their divorce, she found love with musician Thomas Dolby and married him in 1988.

They have three children, including Harper Robertson who was born a girl but had gender reassignment surgery, and now lives in Suffolk and raises awareness for trans rights.

Kathleen said: “I don’t think we would have ever dared hope Harper would be as happy as he now is. It’s such relief.”

Jack Coleman – Steven Carrington

Jack, 63, replaced Al Corey as the son of Blake and played one of the first openly gay characters on prime time TV.

He left the series in 1988 and went on to play a gay man in The Vampire Diaries as well as in The US Office when he played the closeted State Senator Rob Lipton.

In 1996 he married actress Beth Toussaint and the pair have a daughter Tess who was born in 1999.

Jack is currently starring in NBC's Ordinary Joe.

Kate O'Mara – Cassandra ‘Caress’ Morrell

Before appearing in Dynasty, Kate was already well-known in England following her roles in ITV's The Main Chance and BBC drama The Brothers.

She appeared alongside Joan Collins in the American soap for five years and was relieved to be released as she didn't like living in California.

Kate went on to appear in Doctor Who and BBC's Howards' Way as scheming villain Laura Wilde.

She was married twice and had two children from previous relationships – sons Christopher, whom she gave up for adoption, and Dickon.

In December 2012, Dickon was found dead at his family home in a suspected suicide. He wasn't found for three days.

Kate died on 30 March 2014 in a Sussex nursing home, aged 74, from ovarian cancer. She left none of her estate to her surviving son.

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