DNA is saddened by the passing of Sydney-based Kiwi actor, Francis Mossman, at the age of 33.
Francis starred in the US TV series Spartacus and played Stevie in the long-running Australian gay web series, The Horizon.
The Horizon director Boaz Stark told DNA, “My strongest impression of Francis, apart from him being incredibly lovely and gracious, was that he was a pleasure to direct. He was the type of actor who always gave a lot. He always gave more than I needed,” says Stark. “On set, everybody loved him. He was always very positive.”
Francis was also part of the DNA family, featuring in a number of photoshoots and contributing articles over the years.
He will be remembered as a talented actor, a cherished member of the Sydney LGBTQIA+ community and a loving dad to his three dogs.
Tributes have poured out on social media. Courtney Act commented on Instagram saying, “Oh gosh. Sweet Frankie. I’m so sorry to hear this news.” Other comments on social media describe him as, “truly someone amazing,” with a, “smile and presence that would warm you.”
The passing of Francis comes at a particularly difficult time, as Sydney enters into its eighth week of lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Other restrictions are also in effect across the country, keeping people at home and isolated from their loved ones.
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