Paula Duncan

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Paula Duncan
Born Paula Margaret Duncan
(1952-09-15) 15 September 1952 (age 64)
Cooma, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Television actress
Spouse(s) John Orcsik (1982 – 2001)

Paula Margaret Duncan (born 15 September 1952 in Cooma, New South Wales) is an Australian actress. She is prominent mainly in the soap opera genre. Her sister is fellow soap actress Carmen Duncan.


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.[1]

In 2011 Miss Duncan joined the cast of Neighbours as Carolyn Johnstone, a love interest for Harold Bishop (Ian Smith).[2] Duncan previously appeared in the show as Amy Medway in 1985.[2]

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.[3] 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.


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