“I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your support, and messages and phone calls.
Kate added: “It’s so amazing to know I have so many incredible people in my corner.
“I’ve just got over COVID and I start my first round of chemotherapy tomorrow, and you really have no idea how my head space has changed going into it because of each and every one of you.”
She concluded: “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Kate x.”
Kate is believed to have retired from the acting world in 2008 and is said to have been working as a legal consultant.