Created 22nd May 2004
Updated 28th May 2004

About Elizabeth Estensen who plays Emmerdale's Diane Blackstock
(nee Lambert)

A Huge Big Thank you to Paul Berridge who has made various profiles and photos availabe to me. They were previously on his Beckindale site (that is no more). The following incluedes some of Paul Berridge's original profile.


Elizabeth Estensen

Eliazabeth was Born: 10 August 1949

Elizabeth Estensen, who plays Bernice's mum Diane Blackstock starred in the BBC sitcom "The Liver Birds" as Carol Boswell from 1975 - 1978.

Elizabeth has also appeared in. Life Without George as Amanda.
T-Bag Bounces Back (1987) TV Series as T-Bag.
The Upper Hand, playing Patsy in a 1993 episode called Misery
and in a 1986 episode of Casualty.

She has also played Fiona Middleton's mother in Coronation Street

Alan Turner As with Caroline Bates and Elizabeth Feldmann, Diane had the old rivals Eric Pollard and Alan Turner fighting over her attentions. Eric Pollard

But Diane is attracted to Jack Sugden

Mind your wig Diane.


I can do that: Soap stars shout for better shop access.(Features)
Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England); 2/26/2004

Byline: TOM DOWLING

TV SOAP stars have joined the fight to get more shops accessible to disabled people.

By October 1st,every business, large or small --from the local shop to salons,health clubs, dentists and supermarkets --will need to become more user-friendly to Britain's 8.6 million disabled people in the biggest ever shake-up of consumer legislation.

New laws mean that businesses will need to make changes --such as adapting premises, removing physical barriers or providing the service another way --so that disabled people can use the service.

One way for businesses to make sure their get their act together is by joining the Disability Rights Commission's Open4AllCampaign.

Julie Hesmonshalgh, who plays Hayley in Coronation Street, said: ``It's fantastic to back the campaign and Hayley's doing her bit to knock down barriers in her cafe.''

Sue Nicholls (Audrey) said: ``Businesses will be hit hard if they do nothing, yet small improvements mean they can reap the benefits of the pounds 50 billion annual spending power of disabled people.''

Emmerdale's stars are also lending their weight to the campaign.

Elizabeth Estensen (Diane Blackstock) said: ``Even in these cynical times it makes commercial sense to open up more places to disabled people because they bring their families along with them.

``This is quite aside from the obvious point that we live in an equal society. Equality does not mean that some people are barred due to poor access while other people can go where they choose.''

Lucy Pargeter (Chastity Dingle) said: ``It just amazes me that it's not been done before. Why has access never been readily available to disabled customers? Surely it takes less effort to build a ramp than a set of steps!''

The legislation,introduced under the Disability Discrimination Act, will affect more than 2 million British businesses. Failure to act could result in legal action.

COPYRIGHT 2004 MGN Ltd.

Charity Champions

Friday | 05.03.04

Emmerdale stars have joined a campaign for disability drinkers' rights.

Actresses Elizabeth Estensen (Diane Blackstock, pictured right) and Lucy Pargeter (Chastity Dingle, pictured far left) are heading the fight to give disabled pub patrons access into bars.

The cause has been brought to public attention by the Disability Rights Commission who want the thrust a new disability law into the nation’s consciousness.

The law will come into effect in October and it demands publicans make reasonable adjustments to make their establishments disabled friendly.

Elizabeth says, “Even in these cynical times it makes commercial sense to open up more places to disabled people because they bring their families with them.

"Equality does not mean that some people are barred due to poor access whilst other people can go where they choose.”

Lucy adds, “Why has access never been readily available to customers? Surely it takes less effort to build a ramp than a set of steps.”

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