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Jane Leeves

at the 1995 Emmy Awards
Born Amanda Jane Leeves
18 April 1961 (1961-04-18) (age 48)
Ilford, Essex, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Marshall Coben (1996–present)

Jane Leeves (born 18 April 1961) is a British actress.

After beginning her career on the Benny Hill Show, Leeves moved to the United States, where she performed in small roles until she secured a recurring part in the television sitcom Murphy Brown.

She is best known for playing the co-starring role of Daphne Moon on the television sitcom Frasier for the entire run of the series, from 1993 until 2004. She shared an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series SAG Award with other principal cast members in 1999, and was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

More recently she has worked in television production, but beginning in June 2010, Leeves will be back at work in front of the camera as Joy on TV Land’s original sitcom Hot in Cleveland [1]


Early life

Leeves was born as Amanda Jane Leeves in Ilford, Essex, Leeves later moved to East Grinstead. Early in her career she trained as a ballet dancer and worked as a model, until she made her first film appearance in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.


She was a regular on The Benny Hill Show (as one of "Hill's Angels"), a dancer in the famous "Christmas in Heaven" scene from 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, 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 movie "To Live and Die in LA".

In 1993, she joined the cast of the television series Frasier. Leeves played the eccentric, forthright and allegedly psychic Mancunian Daphne Moon. By the start of 2000-2001 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 an Emmy Award nomination for her role and had become the highest-paid British actress in Hollywood.

Appearing less frequently in cinema, Leeves lent her 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.[2]

In 2004, she hosted an episode of the British television comedy quiz show Have I Got News for You.

Her newest show, The WB's sitcom Misconceptions, went unaired.[citation needed]

Leeves provides guest vocals in The Penguins of Madagascar as Lulu, a female chimp, with whom Phil falls in love.

She currently plays a guest starring role in ABC's Desperate Housewives as Lynette and Tom's therapist.

She has also been cast to play a fortysomething in a new pilot for TV Land, Hot In Cleveland for fall 2010.

Personal life

She has been married to Marshall Coben, a CBS Paramount Television executive, since December 21, 1996, and they have two children. Daughter Isabella Kathryn Coben was born on January 9, 2001 and weighed 9lbs. 12oz. Frasier co-star Peri Gilpin was in the delivery room when daughter Isabella was born and is Isabella's godmother. Son Finn William Leeves Coben, was born on December 19, 2003. With Peri Gilpin, Leeves also set up the production company "Bristol Cities". Their latest project was a pilot for a US remake of the British sitcom 'The Vicar of Dibley', with Kirstie Alley in the title role.[3]


Leeves at the 1994 Emmys



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