Jessica Chapnik Kahn

Jessica Chapnik Kahn is an Argentinian-Australian actress and musician. She is probably best known for her role as Sam Tolhurst/Holden in the Australian television drama Home and Away (2006—2008). Her latest music project is under the name of Appleonia. Chapnik Kahn was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but immigrated to Sydney, Australia with her family when she was five years old. On arriving to Australia, speaking no English, they lived in an immigrant hostel for one year. She has a Jewish father of Polish descent and a Catholic Italian mother, and was brought up in an Argentinian, Spanish-speaking home (she is fluent in Spanish). Both religions were a strong influence in her life. After high school, Chapnik Kahn attended the University of New South Wales in Sydney and graduated with a degree in sociology, theatre and film. Chapnik Kahn trained as an actress in New York for two years at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, which was founded by playwright David Mamet. While living in New York, she acted in many theatre productions. On returning to Sydney she continued working in theatre, and in 2006 she joined Australian TV drama Home and Away, playing Sam Tolhurst/Holden.


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