Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
Nottingham Post
Nottingham Post
Mia O'Hare & Daniela Loffreda

Co-stars pay tribute to Hollyoaks star who died in crash

A Hollyoaks actor has paid tribute to a co-star who tragically died in a car crash. Paul Danan has opened up about his heartbreak since hearing Frankie Julia Hough - who was pregnant - had died on a motorway.

Frankie stared as Jess in the popular Channel 4 soap, now Paul has shared how he feels "lost" since hearing the sad news. Frankie was 38 when she died after stopping on the hard shoulder of the M66.

There she was struck by a speeding vehicle, reports the Mirror. Paul, 44, shared a photo of Frankie and snippets of their time together on the programme.

He wrote: "I just heard the most shocking upsetting news I've heard in such a long time. Another good good friend who was such a special person has sadly passed away while carrying her unborn baby and her 2 little boys and nephew who were in the car too. They had a terrible car accident."

Paul added: "She was driving on the M66 when a car must have crashed in to them. This wonderful actress played the character "Jess" alongside me for nearly 4 years in @hollyoaksofficial her real name is Frankie Hough and i adored her. I feel so lost right now. #RIPFranki."

He added: "Here is a link to donate some money for these poor little boys she has left behind who are currently fighting for their lives and will be slowly realising that their mummy isn't alive anymore. Just incomprehensible... #totallydevastated

"P.S. (sorry about the shots, they're bad quality as they are screenshots from a video i have of some of our best scenes and story lines we had together in #Hollyoaks probably the best time of our lives!"

Frankie appeared on the soap as Jess Holt from 2000 to 2001. The actress also starred in Merseybeat, Heartbeat, Where the Heart Is and Wire in the Blood.

Frankie and her unborn baby were laid to rest on June 9th after she died aged 38. Her family have set up a GoFundMe page with a target of raising £60,000 for the young boys' recoveries and to "help build back our family in memory of our angel".

Adil Iqbal, 22, has pleaded guilty to causing her death, he also admitted to causing serious injuries to Frankie's son, Tommy. Iqbal, of Accrington, Lancashire, will face sentencing on July 19th.

Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.