Who was Bread actress Jean Boht and how did she die?


Jean Boht, who played Nellie Boswell in the sitcom Bread, has died aged 91.

A statement from her family read: ‘It is with overwhelming sadness that we must announce that Jean Boht passed away yesterday, Tuesday September 12.

 Jean Boht
Bread actor Jean Boht dies aged 91

Who was Jean Boht?

Jean Boht was an English actress, most famous for the role of Nellie Boswell in Carla Lane’s sitcom Bread.


Boht was born on 6 March 1932 in Bebington, Cheshire (now in Merseyside) and was a pupil at Wirral Grammar School for Girls. She trained at the Liverpool Playhouse.

In a career spanning the period from 1962 to the present day, she has appeared largely in television productions such as Softly, Softly (1971), Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (1978), Grange Hill (1978), Last of the Summer Wine (1978) Boys from the Blackstuff (1982), Scully (1984), Juliet Bravo in the mid-1980s, and Bread (1986–91).

Jean Boht

In 1989, she was the subject of This Is Your Life, and in 2008 she made a guest appearance in BBC1’s daytime TV soap, Doctors.

On stage, Jean Boht appeared with Jeremy Irons in Embers (2006) at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London.

Boht also appeared in the film Mothers and Daughters (2004), and starred in Chris Shepherd’s award-winning short film Bad Night for the Blues.

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Jean Boht cause of death

The actress passed away on Tuesday, September 12, after a battle with vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

A statement from her family said: “It is with overwhelming sadness that we must announce that Jean Boht passed away yesterday Tuesday 12 September. Jean had been battling vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with the indefatigable spirit for which she was both beloved and renowned. She was a resident at Denville Hall, the home for members of the theatrical profession.”

Jean Boht  is survived by her two adult children, daughters Hannah and Jessie Jo, whom she shared with husband Carl Davis, who died just last month.

She had been married to the award-winning composer, who was best known for writing Pride and Prejudice’s soundtrack, for 43 years.

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