Daphne Oxenford

Daphne Oxenford
Born Daphne Margaret du Grivel Oxenford
31 October 1919
Barnet, London, England, UK
Died 21 December 2012 (aged 93)
Denville Hall, Northwood, Middlesex, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) David Marshall
(1951–2003, his death)
Children 2

Daphne Margaret du Grivel Oxenford[1] (31 October 1919 21 December 2012)[1][2] was an English actress known for her television and radio work.

Early life and early career

She first appeared on stage at the age of thirteen and trained at the Embassy School of Acting in Swiss Cottage, London. She was briefly employed by a bank before working in censorship during the war while performing in revues in her spare time. At the end of the war she toured with ENSA before returning to revues in London. After her marriage she moved to Manchester and appeared regularly at the Library Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre as well as in the West End. In 1947 she successfully auditioned for Joyce Grenfell, who became a close friend and godmother to Oxenford's daughter.[3]

Radio and television

Her 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. She 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.

Personal life

Oxenford was married to David Marshall from 1951 until his death in February 2003. They had two daughters.[1][3]


  1. 1 2 3 Obituary: Daphne Oxenford, telegraph.co.uk, 4 January 2013
  2. "Daphne Oxenford". The Times. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  3. 1 2 "Daphne Oxenford, voice of Listen With Mother, dies". BBC News. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013.

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