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Jessica Falkholt remembered as 'a gorgeous soul'

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Crew and cast members of Home and Away have remembered Jessica Falkholt fondly upon news of her death after a horror Boxing Day car smash.

Australian actor Jessica Falkholt has been remembered for her bubbly personality and contagious smile following her death as a result of the horror road smash that also killed her parents and sister.

Sydney's St George Hospital released a statement on Wednesday stating the 29-year-old had died at 10.20am, six days after her life support was switched off.

Crew and cast of Home and Away remembered Jessica fondly after news broke of her death, with Aussie actor Shannon Deguara saying she was "always a pleasure to know and work with, such a great talent lost."

"You will be missed by many with your bubbly personality and contagious smile," he wrote on Facebook.

Nadine Terens, a make-up artist who worked with Jessica on the long-running Seven Network series, said she would always remember the actor fondly.

"Jess you have fought so bravely and ferociously yet now you are reunited with your family. Shine bright you gorgeous soul. Our friendship will never be forgotten," she wrote in a Facebook post dedicated to the star.

The 29-year-old found fame on the small screen as Hope Morrison in Home and Away, with the long-running TV soap paving the way for her feature film debut in the forthcoming supernatural thriller Harmony.

The movie is due out this year, with production company Cowlick Entertainment Group saying they want the world to see her amazing talent.

Lars, Vivian, Annabelle and Jessica Falkholt on Christmas Day.
Lars, Vivian, Annabelle and Jessica Falkholt on Christmas Day.
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"She is an incredible actress who emotionally connects with audiences and is an absolute star in this movie," a spokeswoman said in a statement to AAP.

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

The Falkholt's family car was hit by a four-wheel drive near Ulladulla on December 26, killing her parents and the driver of the 4WD, 50-year-old Craig Whitall, at the scene.

Jessica had been in a critical condition after being pulled from the wreckage along with her 21-year-old sister, who later died.

'A rising star' 

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.

Jessica Falkholt
Home and Away actor Jessica Falkholt has died in hospital following a horror Boxing Day car crash.
AAP

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.

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