Carol Ann Burns was an Australian actress, director and patron of the arts. She worked extensively in film, television and theatre in Australia and the United Kingdom. In Australia she was a founding member of the Queensland Theatre Company.
Burns was an original cast member, as Franky Doyle, in the serial Prisoner (known internationally as Prisoner: Cell Block H) during the first season in 1979, and although she only appeared in the first 20 episodes, she became a major breakout and much loved character, and gained cult status as a fan favourite.
Burns was married to Alan Lawrence, a musician and composer, for 36 years. She died on 22 December 2015, after a brief cancer illness at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane at the age of 68.