Daphne Oxenford (Daphne Margaret du Grivel Oxenford)

Daphne Oxenford

Daphne Oxenford’s best-known role was the voice for BBC radio’s Listen with Mother from 1950 to 1971; she was also a reader on the newspaper review programme What the Papers Say for over thirty years. One of the original cast members of Coronation Street, she played Esther Hayes from 1960 to 1963, 1971 and 1972. She played Mrs. Patterson’ the owner of the village shop’ in the popular sitcom To the Manor Born. In the seventies and early eighties she was part of Listen to Les The Les Dawson Radio Show on BBC Radio 2, and performed in The Clitheroe Kid radio comedy series from time to time. She played Chrissy’s mother in three episodes of Man About the House- Series 4 – Episode 5 (1973–76). Other TV credits include: The Sweeney, The Duchess of Duke Street, Juliet Bravo, The Children of Green Knowe, Doctor Who (in the serial Dragonfire and The Unicorn and the Wasp) and Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. In 2006, guest-starred in the audio drama Sapphire and Steel: Cruel Immortality. Daphne Oxenford appeared in three episodes of Midsomer Murders (2004–2008) as Muriel, Cully’s grandmother. Her film credits include That’ll Be the Day (1973), All Creatures Great and Small (1975) and Sweet William (1980). Her voice was used for a ‘Listen With Mother’ programme in 1977 for the sitcom Rising Damp. Daphne Oxenford was married to David Marshall from 1951 until his death in February 2003. They had two daughters.

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  • October, 31, 1919
  • United Kingdom
  • Barnet, London, England


  • December, 21, 2012
  • United Kingdom
  • Denville Hall, Northwood, Middlesex, England


  • Breakspear Crematorium
  • Ruislip, London, England
  • United Kingdom

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