Home and Away actor Ben Unwin has died aged 41.

His death was confirmed by The New South Wales Police Force after his body was found on August 14.

The soap star played Jesse McGregor on the show from 1996 to 2000, before another stint from 2002 to 2005.

NSW Police said in a statement: "Police attended Minyon Falls, Whian Whian, responding to a concern for welfare.

"The body of a 41-year-old man was located. The death has not been treated as suspicious."

Bad boy Jesse was known for getting into trouble with the law and even had a stint in jail after he was accused of burning down Alf Stewart's Bait Shop for insurance money.

home and away spoilers
Ben as Jesse in Home and Away

Ben's performance scored him a Logie nomination in 1997 for Most Popular New Talent.

He was also nominated for a National Television Award in the UK in the same year.

Ben left acting and went on to complete a law degree and was working a senior solicitor in Newcastle, New South Wales, before his death.

ben unwin died
Ben and Ada Nicodemou, who plays Leah

In a statement, Channel 7, the makers of Home and Away said it was "saddened" to learn of Ben's passing.

A spokesperson said: "Cast and crew from Home and Away are saddened to learn of the passing of former castmate, Ben Unwin.

 "Ben’s work in the role of Jesse McGregor is remembered with much affection.

Ben left acting to pursue a career as a solicitor

Read More

Showbiz editor's picks

"Ben’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers."

The Home and Away cast have paid tribute to Ben on social media.

Ada Nicodemou— who plays Leah on the long-running soap— called the news "tragic".

She wrote on Instagram: "I just woke up to the tragic news of Ben's passing, my heart goes out to his family."