Leeves in May 2012.
|Born||(1961-04-18) 18 April 1961
Ilford, Essex, England
|Occupation||Actress, producer, comedian, singer, dancer|
|Spouse(s)||Marshall Coben (m. 1996)|
Jane Leeves (born 18 April 1961) is an English actress, model, producer, comedian, singer, and dancer. She is best known for playing Daphne Moon on the television sitcom Frasier from 1993 until 2004, for which she was nominated for Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. She is also known for her role as Joy Scroggs on TV Land‘s sitcom Hot in Cleveland.
Leeves made her screen debut with a small role in 1983 on British comedy television show The Benny Hill Show, and appeared as a dancer in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. She moved to the United States, where she performed in small roles. From 1986–1988, she garnered her first leading role in the short-lived sitcom Throb, and then secured a recurring part in the television sitcom Murphy Brown. She received further recognition for roles in films such as Miracle on 34th Street (1994), James and the Giant Peach (1996), Music of the Heart (1999), and The Event (2003).
Leeves was born in Ilford, Essex before moving to Crawley, West Sussex and then East Grinstead, West Sussex. She trained as a ballet dancer at the Bush Davies School of Dance and worked as a model until she made her first film appearance in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. She abandoned the possibility of a career in ballet due to an ankle injury.
Leeves was a regular on The Benny Hill Show (as one of “Hill’s Angels”), later making use of her experience as a dancer in a scene in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and appeared as a tourist with a baby in the David Lee Roth music video for the song “California Girls,” but struggled for several years to establish herself. She became somewhat visible as the flighty record company employee, Blue (née Prudence Anne Bartlett), on the syndicated sitcom Throb!.
She had a recurring role in the television series Murphy Brown which provided her first period of success, playing Audrey, the loud and awkward girlfriend of producer Miles Silverberg (played by Grant Shaud). Leeves also appeared as the troublesome Marla the Virgin in four risqué episodes of Seinfeld: “The Virgin“, “The Contest“, “The Pilot” and “The Finale – Part 2“. During this period Leeves was cast as Holly for the pilot of the U.S. version of the science-fiction comedy Red Dwarf. She also had a role as a lesbian in the 1985 film To Live and Die in L.A.
In 1993, Leeves joined the cast of the television series Frasier. She played the eccentric, forthright, and allegedly psychic Mancunian Daphne Moon. By the start of the eighth season, Leeves was pregnant, and the writers incorporated her pregnancy into shows as weight gain due to her character’s stress from her relationship with Niles (portrayed by David Hyde Pierce). By the conclusion of Frasier, Leeves had received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nomination in 1998 and also a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film nomination in 1995 for her role and had become the highest-paid British actress in Hollywood.
Appearing less frequently in cinema, Leeves lent her speaking voice and singing voice to the animated film James and the Giant Peach (1996) and acted in the film Music of the Heart (1999). In 2002, she appeared in the Broadway musical Cabaret. In 2004, she hosted an episode of the British television comedy quiz show Have I Got News for You. Her 2006 show, The WB‘s sitcom Misconceptions, went unaired.
Leeves provides guest vocals in The Penguins of Madagascar as Lulu, a female chimp, with whom Phil falls in love. With Peri Gilpin, Leeves also set up the production company “Bristol Cities” (cockney rhyming slang for ‘titties’). Their latest project was in 2007 a pilot for a US remake of the British sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, with Kirstie Alley in the title role.
In 2010, Leeves was a guest star in two episodes in ABC’s Desperate Housewives as Lynette and Tom‘s therapist, Dr. Graham. From 2010 until 2015, she played the fortysomething ex ‘eyebrow artist to the stars’ Joy Scroggs in the TV Land comedy, Hot in Cleveland, with Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick (also her co-star in the final season of Frasier), and Betty White. In 2011, she was nominated Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series along with the rest of the cast.
Leeves has been married to Marshall Coben, a CBS Paramount Television executive, since 21 December 1996. They have two children; her pregnancy with daughter Isabella Kathryn Coben (born 9 January 2001) was written into a Frasier plot as a weight-gaining problem for her character. Frasier co-star Peri Gilpin was in the delivery room when Isabella was born, and is her godmother. Leeves is godmother of Gilpin’s daughter Stella, and lives next door to Gilpin in Los Angeles, California. Leeves’ son, Finn William Leeves Coben (born 19 December 2003) has David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney as godfathers.
|1981||Nice to See You||Performer||Television film|
|1983||Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life||Dancer||Uncredited|
|1985||To Live and Die in L.A.||Serena||Credited as Jane Leaves|
|1992||Just Deserts||Amy Phillips|
|1994||Miracle on 34th Street||Alberta Leonard|
|1996||James and the Giant Peach||Ladybug||Voice|
|1996||Pandora’s Clock||Rachel Sherwood||Television film|
|1996||The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century||Caroline Webb||Voice|
|1999||Don’t Go Breaking My Heart||Juliet Gosling|
|1999||Music of the Heart||Dorothea von Haeften|
|2006||Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties||Eenie||Voice|
|1983–1985||The Benny Hill Show||Hill’s Angel||4 episodes|
|1986–1988||Throb||Prudence Anne “Blue” Bartlett||48 episodes|
|1987||Murder, She Wrote||Gwen Petrie||Episode: “It Runs in the Family”|
|1989||It’s a Living||Terry Tedaldo||Episode: “He Never Sang for His Father”|
|1989||Mr. Belvedere||Professor Ann Burns||Episode: “The Professor”|
|1989–1993||Murphy Brown||Audrey Cohen||9 episodes|
|1990||My Two Dads||Harriet||Episode: “See You in September?”|
|1990||Room for Romance||Episode: “A Midsummer Night’s Reality”|
|1990||Who’s the Boss?||Ms. Adams||Episode: “Parental Guidance Suggested”|
|1991||Blossom||Sheila||Episode: “Love Stinks”|
|1992||Red Dwarf USA||Holly||Unsold|
|1992–1998||Seinfeld||Marla Penny||4 episodes|
|1993–2004||Frasier||Daphne Moon||257 episodes|
|1995||Caroline in the City||Daphne Moon||Episode: “Caroline and the Bad Back”|
|1998||Hercules: The Animated Series||Athena||6 episodes|
|2003||The Simpsons||Edwina||Episode: “The Regina Monologues”|
|2004||Have I Got News For You||Guest Presenter||1 Episode|
|2006||Misconceptions||Amanda Watson||7 episodes|
|2006||Twenty Good Years||Mary Frances||Episode: “Big Love”|
|2008||The Starter Wife||Ann Hefton||2 episodes|
|2009–2011||The Penguins of Madagascar||Lulu||2 episodes|
|2009–2013||Phineas and Ferb||Various Characters||Voice
|2010||Desperate Housewives||Dr. Graham||2 episodes|
|2010||Notes from the Underbelly||Gracie||Episode: “Accidental Family Bed”|
|2010–2015||Hot in Cleveland||Joy Scroggs||128 episodes|
|2016||Crowded||Gwen||Episode: “The Fixer”|
|2016||Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures||Lt. Estoc||Voice
Episode: “Crossing Paths”
|2017||The Great Indoors||Cheryl||Episode: “Roland’s Secret”|