Elizabeth Estensen

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Elizabeth Estensen
Born (1949-08-10) 10 August 1949 (age 69)
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Philip Allen (1983–)

Elizabeth "Liz" Estensen (born 10 August 1949) is an English actress, mainly known for work in the popular television dramas The Liver Birds and Emmerdale. She was born in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, and her surname comes from her Norwegian grandad.[1]


Estensen played Susan in the film version of Willy Russell's play Our Day Out with Alun Armstrong. She rose to prominence in the 1970s, playing Bert's girlfriend in the Willy Russell musical John, Paul, George, Ringo … and Bert at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool transferring to the West End in 1974. She then appeared on television as Carol Boswell in five series of The Liver Birds, from 1975 to 1979. The Liver Birds was recently run on the Paramount Comedy Channel in the UK.

Estensen took the lead role of T-Bag in the children's television programme Wonders in Letterland (1985), and went on to appear in a total of five series and two Christmas specials before leaving in 1989. She was replaced by Georgina Hale.

Estensen played Pam Middleton in Coronation Street between 1996 and 1998. From 1999 she has played a regular role as Diane Sugden in the soap opera Emmerdale for 18 years.

She married Philip Allen in May 1983. They have one child.

Television roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1975–79 The Liver Birds Carol Boswell
1980 The Adventure Game Herself
1984 Danger: Marmalade at Work Wendy Wooley
1985–89 T-Bag Series Tallulah-Bag
1996–98 Coronation Street Pam Middleton
1999 Mike and Angelo Daphne Fawkes-Bentley
1999– Emmerdale Diane Sugden


  1. ^ "Elizabeth Estensen". What's on TV. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 9 December 2014.

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