Carol Burns

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Carol Burns
Born 1947
Brisbane, Australia
Years active 1967-present

Carol Burns (born 1947, Queensland, Australia) is an Australian actress. She has worked in film, television and theatre in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Career highlights[edit]

Born and bred in Brisbane, Burns attended Milton State Primary School where her initiation into the world of theatre began with elocution classes in 1958. Burns acted with Brisbane Arts Theatre and also Twelfth Night Theatre in Brisbane.

Burns' major television role was her award winning performance in the now cult television program, Prisoner, in which she played tough lesbian bikie, Franky Doyle. Although only appearing in the first 20 episodes, her character attained cult status resulting in her winning a Logie Award for best lead actress. Burns stated in a 2011 interview she left the show as the pay was very low and the work load was increasing due to the more rapid production of episodes. She also stated that it was her decision to be killed off as she did not want to be lured back. A highly experienced and versatile theatre actress, Burns has also appeared in films including The Mango Tree, Bad Blood, Starstruck, and Strikebound.

Burns had acted exclusively in the theatre for ten years before acting in film or on television. As a founding member of the Queensland Theatre Company, based in Brisbane, she has been a major contributor to its success. In 2005, Burns performed in the Queensland Theatre Company's sell-out season of Edward Albee's production of The Goat or Who is Sylvia?. As part of the 2007 season, she appeared in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.[1] She has also performed for La Boite Theatre. Her most recent role was in a stage production of Elizabeth: Almost by Chance a Woman by Italian playwright Dario Fo. In 2015, Burns is due to take the lead role in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days for Queensland Theatre Company.

Burns is also a talented director. Not long ago she directed a stage production of Picnic At Hanging Rock at Brisbane Arts Theatre.

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams – Queensland Theatre Company

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