A British stuntwoman who features in the upcoming Star Wars movie is “fighting hard” after she crashed during a high-speed motorbike chase, Sky News reports. Olivia Jackson was not wearing any protective gear when she collided with a metal camera arm on the set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The 32-year-old, from Buckinghamshire, suffered severe head injuries and a punctured lung – and has reportedly been placed in an induced coma.
Saturday’s crash in Johannesburg, South Africa, is being investigated. Her husband, David Grant, also a stunt performer, has thanked well-wishers for their support. He wrote on Facebook: “She has been making steady progress and your thoughts and good vibes are all working, so please keep them up. “She’s my inspiration and my world and one tough little mother******. She’s fighting hard and the team of people working on Olive have been amazing.
“I whisper to her everyday telling her about the support she’s getting worldwide.” A source who was on the film set at the time told The Sun that the metal camera arm “malfunctioned and didn’t lift up” – meaning the accident was “totally out of her control”. As well as performing stunts in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, she has also gained credits for other high-profile films.
This year, the South African-born performer was Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s stunt double in Mad Max: Fury Road, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s double in Mortdecai.