Paul Keane (born 19 November 1956) is an Australian actor well known for playing original character Des Clarke in the soap opera Neighbours , opposite Elaine Smith who played his wife Daphne Clarke. Other TV credits include Bliss and Flight into Hell .

Keane was trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, graduating in 1983. After his long-time stint on Neighbours , he quit acting in the 1990s and took up work in a pub. [2] [3] After struggling to cope with fame, Keane developed a drug addiction which he battled for ten years. [4]

In November 2014, it was announced that Keane would be one of the former cast members returning to Neighbours , reprising his role of Des Clarke for the show's 30th anniversary in 2015. [5] [3] Keane also appeared in a documentary special celebrating the anniversary titled Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite , which aired in Australia and the UK in March 2015. [6] [7]