Home and Away star Sophie Dillman shares a rare throwback photo of Heath Ledger during his days on the soap

    Sophie Dillman expressed her joy after spotting a photo of Heath Ledger on the set of Home and Away.

    In the wardrobe section, the actress, who has played Ziggy ‘Zig’ Astoni on the soap since 2017, seemed to have come across a polaroid of the late star.

    On Friday, the 28-year-old uploaded a snapshot of a young Heath to her Instagram Stories.

    The Australian actress wore blue shorts and a white and black long-sleeved shirt in the photo.

    She wrote: ‘I can’t believe we worked together… Separate decades but basically we are one.

    Heath only appeared on the long-running series for one year in 1997, as local bad boy Scott Irwin.

    He earned his reputation in Hollywood two years later with a prominent role in the romantic comedy 10 Things I Hate About You, before leaping to the A-list with critically acclaimed roles in Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight, for which he received a posthumous Academy Award.

    Heath was sadly found dead on January 22, 2008, in a New York City residence after inadvertently overdosing after months of physical and mental stress.

    He was reportedly a drug user on and off for years, but things came to a climax when he was juggling too many films on too little sleep, including his final performance in The Dark Knight.

    To shut his mind off, he began to rely on a cocktail of medicines.

    ‘I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going,’ he told the New York Times in an interview in November – just two months before he died at the age of 28.

    He died as a result of a fatal mix of six medicines in his system, including two types of narcotics, two types of anti-anxiety medication, and two types of sleep medication.


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