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Paula Duncan

Paula Margaret Duncan

(1952-09-15) 15 September 1952 (age 68)
Years active1975–present
Known for Number 96
The Young Doctors
Cop Shop
Richmond Hill
Home and Away
(m. 1982;div. 1998)
Family Carmen Duncan (sister)

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 was 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 . [1]

In 2011 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]


Duncan is well known to Australian audiences through her work on television commercials, especially humorous commercials for the Ajax household cleaner Spray N' Wipe, from 1988 to 2010. [3] [4]

She has also made guest appearances on the NRL Footy Show on Network Nine.

Personal life

Duncan married actor John Orcsik in June 1982 after they met acting together in Cop Shop. They opened acting school, The Australian Film & Television Academy (TAFTA) [5] together on the Gold Coast in 1994. They eventually divorced in 1998. They have since worked together, including acting together in Paradise Beach.



1986 Jenny Kissed Me Gaynor
2004Cocktail HourSandraShort
2004 Strange Bedfellows Yvonne Philpot
2011Surprise SurpriseMurielShort
2017TornTess SmithShort, completed
2020UnsoundAngelaFeature, 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 FrancisRecurring role
1984Matthew and SonBarbara DeanTV film
1986 Prisoner Lorelei WilkinsonMain role; Season 8
1986 Studio 86 Glenda"An Electric Day"
1987Future PastMiss BernsteenTV film
1988 Richmond Hill Janet BryantTV series
1990 Home and Away Bridget Jackson Recurring role; Season 3
1993 Paradise Beach Joan Hayden"1.139"
1996 Academy Jennifer HaywoodTV film
1998 Breakers Karen FairbarnTV 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"

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