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Carmen Duncan
Carmen Joan Duncan

(1942-07-07)7 July 1942
Died 3 February 2019(2019-02-03) (aged 76)
Occupation Actress and activist
Years active 1960–2019
Children 2
Family Paula Duncan (sister)

Carmen Joan Duncan (7 July 1942 – 3 February 2019) was an Australian-born stage and screen actress and activist, with a career locally and internationally in the United States that spanned over 50 years.

She was nominated for the AFI Award for Best Actress for the 1980 film Harlequin, and was also known for the film Don't Let It Get You. Her other film appearances include Touch and Go (1980) and Turkey Shoot (1982). She played Iris Wheeler in the American soap opera Another World from 1988 to 1994.

Duncan appeared in numerous theatre roles from 1970 and 2015.

Early life and career

Duncan was born in Cooma, New South Wales, in 1942. She graduated in 1961 from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. Duncan was known to Australian audiences as a character actress in television, stage and films, as well as having appeared in television commercials. Her television roles included the series Hunter (1967) and she appeared in the evening soap opera Number 96 playing Helen Sheridan in 1973. A role on the soap Certain Women followed. She later had an ongoing role in Skyways, and guest starred in several episodes of A Country Practice as Terence Elliott's wife, Rowena. Her film roles included Turkey Shoot (1982) and its 2014 reboot.

Duncan emigrated to the United States in the 1980s, where she acted on television. From October 1988 to September 1994, she portrayed Iris Carrington Wheeler on the American daytime soap opera Another World. She succeeded Beverlee McKinsey in the role after a long absence. Many of her critics, including TV Guide's Michael Logan, remarked that her accent sounded less American than her counterparts, making her seem out of place in the serial. As an actress, she generally used a Cultivated Australian accent, which is similar to Received Pronunciation.

After leaving the Another World role in the mid-1990s, Duncan returned to Australia, where she acted in guest roles on television series and lampooned her former soap opera image on television commercials. In 2000, she was diagnosed and treated for early stage breast cancer. In 2003, she appeared as Anna Denton on CrashBurn. In 2004, she returned to the United States to fill in for Eileen Fulton as Lisa Grimaldi in three episodes of As the World Turns while Fulton was on emergency medical leave. Duncan became a member of Actor's Equity in 1962 and the federal council of the Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance.


Duncan retired from acting in 2006 and became a fundraising manager for the GO Fund, a New South Wales charity associated with gynaecological cancer. She served as an ambassador for the Breast Care Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women.

Personal life

Duncan lived in Sydney. She had two children. Her younger sister is actress Paula Duncan.

Carmen Duncan died on 3 February 2019 from breast cancer, aged 76.



Year Title Role Type
1966 Don't Let It Get You Judith Beech Feature film
1967 Is Anybody Doing Anything About It? Herself Film short
1969 You Can't See 'round Corners Myra Neilson Feature film
1970 Strange Holiday Castaway Nurse Kate Feature film
1978 Cries From a Cold Aquarium Film short
1980 Harlequin Sandra Rast Feature film
1980 Touch and Go Millicent Feature film
1982 Turkey Shoot Jennifer Feature film
1982 Now and Forever Astrid Bonner Feature film
1983 Platypus Cove Margaret Davis Feature film
1984 Run Chrissie Run! Eve Feature film
1984 The Gamble Liz Film short
1985 Bootleg Rita Feature film
1995 Frailejon Mother Narration Film short
1997 Allie & Me Poppy Feature film
2003 Liquid Bridge Vera McCallum Feature film
2008 Forget Me Not Shelly Film short
2010 The Bris Rita Film short
2013 Truth Is... Mum Film short
2014 Turkey Shoot President Sheila Farr Feature film
2016 Veov Drive Melody Day Film short
2018 Hotel Mumbai Lady Wynn Feature film


Year Title Role Type
1963 The Hungry Ones TV series
1966-1973 Homicide Barbara Scott / Sally Trevor / Gail Fisher TV series, 3 episodes
1966-1967 Nice 'n Juicy Rosie Withers TV series, 2 episodes
1967 Hunter Rosie Glow TV series, 3 episodes
1967 You Can't See 'Round Corners Myra Neilson TV series, 4 episodes
1967 Australian Playhouse TV series, 1 episode
1968 The Battlers TV series
1969 Ready When You Are, C.B. Teleplay
1969 Riptide Professor Karen Shaw / Kate Brett TV series, 2 episodes
1969 Delta Diane TV series, 1 episode
1969 Division 4 Irene Daly TV series, 1 episode
1969 The Don Lane Tonight Show Guest TV series, 1 episode
1969-1970 Would You Believe? Herself TV series
1969 A Christmas Carol Teleplay
1970 The Link Men Carol Crane TV series, 1 episode
1972 Matlock Police Lisa King TV series, 1 episode
1972 The Spoiler Marie TV series, 13 episodes
1973 Catch Kandy Mrs. Wayne TV series, 9 episodes
1973 Ryan Anne TV series, 1 episode
1973 Number 96 Helen Sheridan / Helen Sheridan Sellars TV series, 15 episodes
1973 ...And Millions Will Die! Jill Brennan TV movie
1974 The Evil Touch Girl TV series, 1 episode
1974-1975 Certain Women Beth Pearson TV series, 7 episodes
1975 Something Special TV series, 1 episode
1976 Jackson High TV pilot
1976 Mama's Gone A-Hunting Helena Stevens TV movie
1977 The Celebrity Game Herself TV series, 1 episode
1977 Hotel Story TV series, 6 episodes
1978 Chopper Squad Gary's wife TV series, 1 episode
1978-1981 Cop Shop Meredith Wade / Carla Hauser / Kim Morgan TV series, 6 episodes
1979 A Place In The World TV miniseries, 2 episodes
1979 The Young Doctors Sylvia Marcus TV series, 3 episodes
1979 Skyways Elaine MacFarlane TV series, 30 episodes
1981 Intimate Strangers Elodie TV miniseries, 2 episodes
1982; 1986 A Country Practice Rowena Elliott TV series, 14 episodes
1983 Skin Deep Vanessa Corey TV movie
1984 Special Squad Lorraine TV series, 1 episode
1984 Supersleuth Margaret Little TV movie
1985 Stock Squad TV movie
1986 Body Business Cassie Fairchild TV miniseries, 2 episodes
1987 The Flying Doctors Jan Buchanan TV series, season 2, 1 episode
1987 Rafferty's Rules Stella Samuels TV series, 1 episode
1988-1994 Another World Iris Carrington Wheeler / Iris Wheeler TV series
1991 1991 Australian Fashion Awards Herself TV special
1991; 1996; 1997; 1999; 2000 Good Morning Australia Herself TV series, 5 episodes
1991; 1996; 1997 The Midday Show Herself TV series, 3 episodes
1991 In Sydney Today Herself TV series, 1 episode
1991 The Main Event Herself TV series, 1 episode
1992 Hard Copy Herself TV series, 1 episode
1993 Sports Tonight Herself TV series, 1 episode
1993 At Home Herself TV series, 1 episode
1993 Tonight Live Herself TV series, 1 episode
1995; 1996; 2002 This Is Your Life Herself TV series, 3 episodes
1996 Women: Stories Of Passion Faith TV series, 1 episode
1996 Monday to Friday Herself TV series, 1 episode
1998 Pacific Drive TV series, 1 episode
1999 Beauty and the Beast Herself TV series, 1 episode
1999 Denise Herself TV series, 1 episode
1999 Laws Herself TV series, 1 episode
2000 The Lost World Kayla TV series, 1 episode
2000 E! Mysteries and Scandals Herself TV series, 1 episode
2000 Ihaka: Blunt Instrument Mrs. Renton TV movie
2000 All Saints Elizabeth Wallace TV series, 1 episode
2000; 2002 Farscape Leslie Crichton TV series, 2 episodes
2001 Water Rats Geraldine St. Clare TV series, 1 episode
2001 Head Start Ellen TV miniseries, 1 episode
2001 Something in the Air Margaret Jenkins TV series, 3 episodes
2002 Counterstrike President Elinor Shaw TV movie
2002 The Junction Boys Mary Harmon TV movie
2003 Always Greener Antonia Jones TV series, 1 episode
2003 Whose House Is It Anyway? Guest TV series, 1 episode
2003 CrashBurn Anna Denton TV series, 13 episodes
2004 As the World Turns Lisa Grimaldi TV series, 3 episodes
2004 Making Liquid Bridge Herself Video
2007 Susie Herself TV series, 1 episode
2011-2012 Winners & Losers Prof Kerry Green TV series, 10 episodes
2014 The Morning Show Herself TV series, 1 episode
2015 Mornings Herself TV series, 1 episode
2016 Ash vs Evil Dead Lillian Pendergrass TV series, 1 episode
2017 Pulse Nora Johns TV series, 1 episode


  • Make Me a Widow (1963)
  • Hamlet (1963)
  • Playboy of the Western World (1965)
  • A Man for All Seasons (1965)
  • A Scent of Flowers (1971)
  • After the Fall (1972)
  • Cactus Flower (1972)
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1973)
  • Romeo and Juliet (1974)
  • Next (1977)
  • Bedroom Farce (1978)
  • Top Girls (1983)
  • Blithe Spirit (1987)
  • Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced (2013)
  • The Credeaux Canvas (2015)


Feature films

  • Hotel Mumbai (2018)
  • Turkey Shoot (2014)
  • Liquid Bridge (2003)
  • Turkey Shoot (1982)
  • Touch and Go (1980)
  • Harlequin (1980)
  • You Can't See 'round Corners (1969)
  • Don't Let It Get You (1966)


  • Winners & Losers (2011)
  • As the World Turns (2004)
  • CrashBurn (2003)
  • Always Greener (2003)
  • Water Rats (2001)
  • All Saints (2000)
  • A Country Practice (1982–1986)
  • Skyways (1979)
  • Cop Shop (1978)
  • Number 96 (1973)
  • Homicide (1966–1973)
  • Matlock Police (1972)
  • Division 4 (1970)
  • Riptide (1969)
  • Hunter (1967)
  • You Can't See 'Round Corners (1967)

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