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Actor Jessica Falkholt dies after Boxing Day car crash that killed her family

Jessica Falkholt. Source: AAP

Former Home and Away actor Jessica Falkholt has died in hospital after her life support was turned off last week.

Actor Jessica Falkholt has died after being critically injured in a Boxing Day car crash that killed her family.

A St George Hospital spokesperson confirmed the former Home and Away actor died at 10.20am on Wednesday.

"On behalf of the family of Jessica Falkholt, St George Hospital has been asked to advise the media and the community of Jessica’s passing today at 10.20am," the statement read.

"Jessica passed away from serious injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on 26 December, 2017.

"The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time."

Born in May 1988, Falkholt was raised in Sydney with her younger sister, Annabelle, by their Swedish father and Italian mother.

The sisters were critically injured and their parents were killed when the car they were travelling in collided with a four-wheel-drive on the Princes Highway near Ulladulla on the NSW South Coast on Boxing Day.

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Annabelle died in hospital three days later. Meanwhile Falkholt remained on life support until St George Hospital doctors switched off her equipment more than two weeks after the crash.

Falkholt died a week after hundreds of mourners had gathered in Sydney for the funerals of her parents, Lars and Vivien, and Annabelle.

The rising star had nurtured her love of acting while completing a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication at the University of NSW, where she starred in several theatrical society productions including musical Cabaret.

After graduating, she found production jobs at the Seven Network and Carnival Films, and began building a portfolio of acting work thanks to television commercials.

In 2012 she won a place at the prestigious acting school NIDA, where she spent three years honing her craft.

Shortly after being accepted at NIDA, Falkholt had her first breaks on TV with bit parts in the Nine Network dramas Tricky Business and Underbelly - Badness.

Following her graduation from acting school, Summer Bay beckoned with the young actress scoring a role on Home and Away as Hope Morrison for 16 episodes in 2016.

Hope, who lived with Pia Miller's character policewoman Kat Chapman, caused quite a stir among the locals before making a dramatic exit by being taken off to prison.

A co-starring role in the short film, Green River: Part One, followed in 2017, with the Australian actress playing Diana in the drama about 30 women who went missing from a small town in America in the mid-1980s.

Then came her big screen break in the supernatural thriller Harmony, starring alongside fellow Australian actors Jacqueline McKenzie and Eamon Farren.

In the film, which is scheduled for release in 2018, she plays a woman named Harmony who has the power to absorb fear from others but is on a quest to find love.

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