|Born||Paula Margaret Duncan
15 September 1952
Cooma, New South Wales, Australia
|Spouse(s)||John Orcsik (1982 – ?)|
Paula Duncan has played several leading roles in various TV series. Early roles were Carol Finlayson in Number 96 (her sister Carmen Duncan had previously acted in this serial), followed by Lisa Brooks in The Young Doctors. She left The Young Doctors to take the role of Danni Francis in Cop Shop, and stayed in the role for the series' entire 1977-1984 run. After Cop Shop ended she played Lorelei Wilkinson in Prisoner in 1986, then was Janet Bryant in Richmond Hill (1988) for its entire 12-month run, Bridget Jackson in Home and Away, and Joan Hayden in Paradise Beach.
Duncan is also well-known to Australian audiences through her various work on television commercials, especially humorous commercials for household cleaner Spray N' Wipe that she has been doing for over 20 years. She has also had guest appearances on the NRL Footy Show on Network Nine.
She married actor John Orcsik in June 1982 after they met acting together in Cop Shop. They have since divorced, although are now on good terms and still friends. They have also since worked together, including acting together in Paradise Beach.
In Woman's Weekly, August 1986, she said of her role on Prisoner that it was "more demanding" than any other part she had played, and also said of her marriage "I don't keep a rope around John's neck, but our marriage is not falling apart".