Paula Duncan has worked extensively on stage, film and television, and has been a household name throughout Australia for over half of her life, not only as an actress but as one of Australia’s most loved personalities. She has appeared in TV dramas including The Young Doctors, Prisoner, Neighbours, Richmond Hill, Home & Away and Mother & Son, lifestyle programmes, current affairs shows and commercials (most notably for Spray & Wipe, Caltrate and Jenny Craig). She has been honoured by Channel 9’s, This is Your Life, and during the five years she starred in the TV series Cop Shop, she was awarded no less than 7 Logies, including Best Actress and Most Popular Actress and Personality. Her stage work includes The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit and Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn. Paula most recently co-starred in the feature film Strange Bedfellows, with Paul Hogan and Michael Caton and the ABC mini-series East Of Everything with Gia Carides.
For her work with charity, Paula was nominated for the Australia Day Award for work with people with disability, and in 1997 was awarded the Executive Woman of the Year for Contribution to the Arts and the Community. Paula was also presented with an Australian Achievement Award for work with people with disability, and most notably was awarded an Order of Australia for Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Industry and the Australian Community. Paula has sponsored and produced a wide range of Charity Events including ‘The Make A Wish Ball’, ‘Spirit Of Mission’ Awards and ‘Secret Women’s Business’ Luncheons for the Royal Hospital For Women Foundation. Paula has raised in the vicinity of $9 million for charity.
* The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established by Elizabeth II on February 14, 1975 “for the purpose of according recognition to Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service”.