Heartbreaking news: Jean Boht passes away at 91

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.15 - 2023 10:41 AM CET

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Jean Boht passes away at 91.

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Jean Boht, the actress who gained widespread fame for her role as Nellie Boswell in the 1980s sitcom "Bread," has died at the age of 91.

Her family announced her passing on September 12, stating that she had been courageously fighting vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

A career defined by 'Bread'

Boht's portrayal of Nellie Boswell, the matriarch of a financially struggling family in Thatcher-era Liverpool, made her a household name.

The show, which aired from 1986 to 1991, attracted an audience of over 18 million viewers at its peak. While Boht had roles in other series like "I Woke Up One Morning" and "Brighton Belles," it was "Bread" that cemented her legacy.

In addition to her television work, Boht had a notable stage career, including a role alongside Jeremy Irons in the 2006 play "Embers," based on a Sandor Marai novel.

She leaves behind two daughters and three grandchildren. Her husband, Carl Davis, a Bafta-winning composer known for his work on BBC's 1995 drama "Pride and Prejudice," passed away last month at the age of 86 due to a brain tumor.