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Jessica Jacobs

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Jessica Jacobs
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Born Jessica Madison Jacobs
(1990-11-14)14 November 1990
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Died 10 May 2008(2008-05-10) (aged 17)
Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1999-2008

Jessica Madison "Jessie" Jacobs (14 November 1990 – 10 May 2008) was an Australian actress and singer. She was best known as the second actress to portray Melanie Atwood on The Saddle Club.[1]


Born in Canberra, Australia, Jacobs was the middle child of Joanna and Brendan Jacobs. She was the sister of Adam, Seth and Charlie. Jacobs began acting when she was nine. She was in stage productions alongside Lisa McCune and Bert Newton in The Sound of Music. Jacobs also starred in "Fergus McPhail", "Worst Best Friends", and "Holly's Heroes". She studied ballet and classical violin when she was six. She eventually learned how to play the bass guitar.[2] In 2003 Jacobs and Janelle Corlass-Brown released a CD Single for their song "Trouble" and they were both featured on "Friends Forever".

She took over the role of Melanie Atwood on "The Saddle Club" after Marisa Siketa left the show. In the months before her death, Jacobs took a break from acting to focus on school and music. Jacobs was planning to attend Victorian College of the Arts to establish herself as a musician and move in with her older brother Adam after she finished High School.[3] She played the guitar in The Volten Sins.[4] Jacobs was mid-way through her final year of secondary (high) school at the time of her death, just six months away from the completion of her secondary education.[citation needed]


On 10 May 2008, Jacobs was walking along the platform at Cheltenham railway station, Melbourne when she tripped and fell onto the tracks and into the path of an oncoming train. She couldn't move out of the way in time and died instantly from her injuries when the train hit her. That day she was on her way to meet her mother so they could buy a birthday present for Adam. Jacobs was 17 when she died. The police took several hours to find the family because Jacobs, who was arriving home from an overnight stay with a friend, was carrying a fake ID. Jacobs is buried in St Kilda Cemetery in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia.[5]


A year after Jessica Jacobs' death, her mother founded The Jessica Jacobs School of Drama.[6] Jacobs was a member of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in St Kilda.[7]


The Saddle Club discography[edit]

  • Fun For Everyone (2002) – #45 Australia
  • On Top of the World (2003) – #20 Australia
  • Friends Forever (2003) – #38 Australia
  • Secrets & Dreams (2004) – #49 Australia
  • Hello World – The Best Of The Saddle Club (2004)
  • Summer With The Saddle Club (2008)
  • The Saddle Club – Greatest Hits (2009)
  • Grand Gallop – Hello World (2009) – Released in France only.


  • Trouble (2003)
  • Princess Veronica Tour EP (2004)


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Worst Best Friends Molly 2002–2003 (13 episodes)
2003 The Saddle Club Melanie Atwood Season 2
2004 Fergus McPhail Jennifer McPhail 26 episodes
2005 Holly's Heroes Emily Walsh 25 episodes


  1. ^ "Saddle Club star killed in tragic accident". ABC News. 
  2. ^ "Forever young: mourners farewell Jessica". 
  3. ^ Local actress Jessica Jacobs in train tragedy,; accessed 18 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Train kills teen Saddle Club actress". 
  5. ^ Saddle Club star Jessica Jacobs in suicide claim,; accessed 18 April 2017.
  6. ^ Sandringham school girl Jessica Jacobs honoured,; accessed 18 April 2017.
  7. ^ Mourners told Jessica Jacobs was a caring, talented girl,; accessed 18 April 2017.

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