Paula Margaret Duncan|
15 September 1952
Cooma, New South Wales, Australia
(m. 1982; div. 2001)
Paula Margaret Duncan AM (born 15 September 1952) is an Australian actress. Her numerous television roles include playing Nurse Lisa Brooks in The Young Doctors (1976–77), Detective Danni Francis in Cop Shop (1977–83), for which she twice won the Logie Award for Most Popular Actress, Lorelei Wilkinson in Prisoner (1986), Janet Bryant in Richmond Hill (1988) and Bridget Jackson in Home and Away (1990). Her sister is actress Carmen Duncan.
Born in Cooma, New South Wales, 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.
Miss 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.
|1986||Jenny Kissed Me||Gaynor|
|2004||Strange Bedfellows||Yvonne Philpot|
|????||Torn||Tess Smith||Short, completed|
|1955||Lux Video Theatre||Kitty||"So Evil My Love"|
|1974-75||Number 96||Carol Finlayson||"1.669", "1.689", "1.700"|
|1976-77||The Young Doctors||Lisa Brooks||"core character"|
|1977-83||Cop Shop||Det. Danni Francis||Recurring role|
|1984||Matthew and Son||Barbara Dean||TV film|
|1986||Prisoner||Lorelei Wilkinson||Main role; Season 8|
|1986||Studio 86||Glenda||"An Electric Day"|
|1987||Future Past||Miss Bernsteen||TV film|
|1988||Richmond Hill||Janet Bryant||TV series|
|1990||Home and Away||Bridget Jackson||Recurring role; Season 3|
|1993||Paradise Beach||Joan Hayden||"1.139"|
|1996||Academy||Jennifer Haywood||TV film|
|1998||Breakers||Karen Fairbarn||TV series|
|2000||Pizza||Lorelei Wilkinson||"Gambling Pizza"|
|2008||East of Everything||Pauline||"No Way to Nirvana", "Save Me Some Scones", "Aesthetic My Arse"|
|2011||Neighbours||Carolyn Johnstone||Recurring role; Season 27|
|2015||Hiding||Jenny Krilich||"1.1", "1.3", "1.8"|