Jean Boht Dies, Aged 91

Actress Jean Boht best known for playing Nellie Boswell in the hit BBC sitcom Bread has died aged 91.

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

The statement added: “Jean had been battling vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with the indefatigable spirit for which she was both beloved and renowned.”

On TV, Jean Boht gained fame with like Mrs Leivers in a 1981 adaptation of DH Lawrence’s novel Sons and Lovers, and a benefits office boss in Alan Bleasdale’s landmark Boys From the Blackstuff.

A part in sitcom I Woke Up One Morning, about a group of recovering alcoholics, led her to be cast in Bread, which was also written by Carla Lane.

It was as the formidable Nellie Boswell that saw her become a household name

Thank You for the laughs.