BBC ‘Bread’ Actress Dies Aged 54

BBC, Aveline BreadGilly Coman famous for her role in popular 1980s Liverpool-based sitcom Bread has died aged 54 it has been reported. The actress who also worked on Channel 4 soap Brookside died from a suspected heart attack.


Coman came from a theatrical family, her parents owned a dance school. She later trained and graduated at the Elliot Clarke drama school having joined the establishment aged seven. 


Her best remembered role is that of ‘tarty’ Aveline Boswell in top rating sitcom Bread alongside cast including Jean Boht and Jonathon Morris. The show revolved around the Catholic Boswell family who battled the benefit system while wheeling and dealing on the sly. The show was just one of many BBC comedy hits penned by Carla Lane.


Lane spoke to The Liverpool Echo today about Gilly: “She was brilliant. She played the daughter and she was amazingly funny.” Gilly appeared in Bread for five series, and reached 21 million viewers in 1988 when her Catholic character married the Protestant vicar.



The actress had also performed in ITV’s flagship serial Coronation Street as well as Yorkshire Television’s Emmerdale Farm and classic BBC Two drama Boys from the Blackstuff. She quit acting in 2000 to look after her three children. Coman died on July 13th, some report Gilly’s age as 50, however actresses are known to ‘change’ their age so we’ve opted for the one which initially was released.

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