Daphne Oxenford (31st October 1919 - 21st December 2012), played Esther Hayes in Coronation Street from 1960 (making her debut in Episode 2) until 1963 and then returning for guest appearances in 1971 and 1972 when she was last seen at the wedding of Ernest Bishop to Emily Nugent. Born and bred in Barnet she was remembered by generations as the voice of BBC Radio's Listen with Mother, a role she fulfilled for twenty-one years beginning in 1950. She continued to act into her nineties, appearing in one of Big Finish Productions Sapphire and Steel audio plays and an episode of Midsomer Murders in recent years. She was a regular voice on What the Papers Say for many years.

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