Paula Brancati is a Canadian actress best known for her role of Jane Vaughn on Degrassi: The Next Generation from seasons seven to nine, as Jenny Zalen on Being Erica, and as Cally Stone on Dark Oracle. Brancati was born in Markham, Ontario, Canada. She studied "Improvisation and Musical Theatre" with CharActors Theatre Troupe, jazz and ballet with the AB Dance School, and voice lessons at her high school. Brancati also attended St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in Thornhill.

Brancati starred in the ABC Family original movie, Desperately Seeking Santa, as Marissa Marlet, alongside Nick Zano and Laura Vandervoort. She also had small roles in Jump In! (2006) and Cow Belles (2006). She was also in The Blobheads (2003) as Melissa, Kevin Hill (2004) as Shelby Hacker, Life With Derek (2005) as Vicky, and Veritas: The Quest (2003) as Young Hayley.

Paula's film debut came in 2003 in the feature Cold Creek Manor alongside Sharon Stone and Dennis Quaid, and in that same year, she made her professional theatre debut with the Canadian Stage Company in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 2006, Paula was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series for her work on the Emmy-winning YTV series, Dark Oracle. In 2009, she starred alongside three of her fellow Degrassi actors in the Toronto production of the award-winning off-Broadway play Dog Sees God and was nominated for two Dora Awards.