Jessica Chapnik Biography
Jessica Chapnik Kahn is an Argentine Australian musician, actress and director. Her latest music project is under the moniker Appleonia. She is also known for her role as Sam Tolhurst/Holden in the Australian television drama Home and Away from 2006–2008.
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 Argentine Spanish-speaking home. 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 City 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. The role was originally a three-month contract, but was extended to one year due to the storyline’s popularity.
Chapnik Kahn later had a guest role in the American adventure/fantasy series Legend of the Seeker, playing Anna Brighton. The episodes were broadcast in early 2009 on Disney-ABC Domestic Television. In 2009, she also starred in the Spanish-speaking short film Amanecer, a film that won several awards in Latin film festivals worldwide.