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Jane Leeves (born 18 April 1961) is an English film, stage and television actress, comedienne and dancer.

Leeves made her screen debut with a small role in the 1983 popular British comedy television show 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. In 1986–1988, Leeves garnered her first leading role in the short-lived sitcom Throb and, in 1993, achieved wider fame as Daphne Moon on the television sitcom Frasier for the entire run of the series, from 1993 until 2004, for which she was nominated for Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awardsduring the show's run. She received further recognition for her performances in Miracle on 34th Street (1994), James and the Giant Peach (1996), Music of the Heart (1999) and The Event(2003).

More recently she has worked in television production, but beginning in June 2010, Leeves returned to acting, as Joy on TV Land's sitcom Hot in Cleveland.



Personal lifeEdit

She has been married to Marshall Coben, a CBS Paramount Television executive, since 21 December 1996, and they have two children. Daughter Isabella Kathryn Coben was born on 9 January 2001, and the pregnancy was written into the Frasier plotline as a weight-gaining problem for Daphne MoonFrasier co-star Peri Gilpin was in the delivery room when daughter Isabella was born and is Isabella's godmother; Leeves is also godmother of Gilpin's daughter Stella. The two live next door to one another in Los Angeles. Her son Finn William Leeves Coben, was born on 19 December 2003, and both David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney are his godfathers.

[edit]FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Nice to See You Performer Television movie
1983 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Dancer Uncredited
1983 The Hunger Unknown Uncredited
1983-1985 The Benny Hill Show Hill's Angel (TV series, 4 episodes)
1985 To Live and Die in L.A. Serena Credited as Jane Leaves
1987 Murder, She Wrote Gwen Petrie (TV series, 1 episode: "It Runs in the Family")
1986-1988 Throb Prudence Bartlett (TV series, 48 episodes)
1989 It's a Living Terry Tedaldo (TV series, 1 episode: "He Never Sang for His Father")
1989 Mr. Belvedere Professor Ann Burns (TV series, 1 episode: "The Professor")
1989 Hooperman Annie (TV series, 1 episode: "Stakeout")
1989-1993 Murphy Brown Audrey Cohen (TV series, 9 episodes)
1990 My Two Dads Harriet (TV series, 1 episode: "See You in September?")
1990 Room for Romance Unknown (TV series, 1 episode: "A Midsummer Night's Reality")
1990 Who's the Boss? Ms. Adams (TV series, 1 episode: "Parental Guidance Suggested")
1991 Blossom Sheila (TV series, 1 episode: "Love Stinks")
1992 Red Dwarf Holly Television movie
1992 Just Deserts Amy Phillips
1992-1998 Seinfeld Marla Penny (TV series, 4 episodes)
1993-2004 Frasier Daphne Moon (TV series, 263 episodes)

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated-Satellite Award for Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated-Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated-Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series

1994 Mr. Write Wylie
1994 Miracle on 34th Street Alberta Leonard
1995 Caroline in the City Daphne Moon (TV series, 1 episode: "Caroline and the Bad Back")
1996 James and the Giant Peach Ladybug Voice role
1996 Pandora's Clock Rachel Sherwood Television movie
1996 The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century Caroline Webb Voice role
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Athena (TV series, 5 episodes)
1999 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Juliet Gosling
1999 Music of the Heart Dorothea von Haeften
2003 The Event Mona
2003 The Simpsons Edwina (TV series, 1 episode: "The Regina Monologues")
2006 Misconceptions Amanda Watson (TV series, 7 episodes)
2006 Twenty Good Years Mary Frances (TV series, 1 episode: "Big Love")
2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Eenie Voice role
2008 The Starter Wife Ann Hefton (TV series, 2 episodes)
2009-2011 The Penguins of Madagascar Lulu (TV series, 2 episodes)
2009 Phineas and Ferb Admiral Acronym (TV series, 2 episodes)
2009 Endless Bummer Liv
2010 Desperate Housewives Dr. Graham (TV series, 2 episodes)
2010 Notes from the Underbelly Gracie (TV series, 1 episode: "Accidental Family Bed")
2010–present Hot in Cleveland Joy Scroggs (TV series, 63 episodes)

Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

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