Jean Boht

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Jean Boht
Jean Boht 2013.jpg
Boht at Save TV Centre Studios in 2013
Born Jean Dance
(1932-03-06) 6 March 1932 (age 86)[1]
Bebington, Cheshire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Carl Davis (m. 1970-)
Children 2

Jean Boht (born Jean Dance; 6 March 1932) is an English actress, most famous for the role of Nellie Boswell in Carla Lane's sitcom Bread.

Early life and career[edit]

Boht was born 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[2] to the present day, she has appeared largely in TV 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 (1986-1991). In 1989, she was the subject of This Is Your Life, and in 2008 she made a guest appearance in BBC daytime TV soap, Doctors.

On stage she appeared with Jeremy Irons in Embers (2006) at the Duke of York's Theatre in London.[3]

She also appeared in the film Mothers and Daughters (2004), and starred in Chris Shepherd's award-winning short film Bad Night for the Blues (2010).

Personal life[edit]

Her first marriage to William Boht was dissolved and she married conductor/composer Carl Davis in 1970; they have two daughters.


  1. ^ Miss Jean Boht Authorised Biography[permanent dead link] Debrett's People of Today. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Jean Boht Biography (1936-)". Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Newsdesk, BWW. "Photo Coverage: Jeremy Irons on the West End in Embers". Retrieved 12 May 2012. 

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