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Leeves in 2012
Jane Elizabeth Leeves

(1961-04-18) 18 April 1961 (age 60)
Years active1981–present
Marshall Coben
(m. 1996)

Jane Elizabeth Leeves (born 18 April 1961) [1] is an English actress. She played Daphne Moon on the NBC television sitcom Frasier from 1993 until 2004, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. [2] [3] She is also known for her role as Joy Scroggs on TV Land's sitcom Hot in Cleveland . [4]


Leeves made her screen debut with a small role in 1983 on the 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 to 1988, she had her first leading role in the short-lived sitcom Throb , [5] 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). In 2018, she began starring in the Fox medical drama, The Resident .


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Leeves at the 1994 Emmys

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 smart but awkward girlfriend of producer Miles Silverberg (played by Grant Shaud). Leeves also appeared as the troublesome Marla the Virgin in four 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 US version of the science-fiction comedy Red Dwarf. She also had a role as a lesbian avant-garde dancer, the girlfriend of the girlfriend of Willem Dafoe's character, in the 1985 film To Live and Die in L.A. .[ citation needed ]

In 1993, Leeves joined the cast of the television series Frasier. She played the eccentric, forthright, and 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. [6]

Appearing less frequently in cinema, Leeves lent her speaking voice and singing voice to the animated film James and the Giant Peach (1996) as Mrs. Ladybug and acted in the film Music of the Heart (1999). In 2002, she appeared in the Broadway musical Cabaret . [7] In 2004, she hosted an episode of the television comedy quiz show Have I Got News for You . Her 2006 show, The WB's sitcom Misconceptions, went unaired. [8]

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Leeves in August 2012

Leeves provided guest vocals in The Penguins of Madagascar as Lulu, a female chimp, with whom Phil fell in love. With Peri Gilpin, Leeves also set up the production company Bristol Cities (cockney rhyming slang for 'titties'). [9] Their last 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. [10] In 2010, Leeves guest starred in two episodes in ABC's Desperate Housewives as Lynette and Tom's therapist, Dr. Graham.[ citation needed ]

From 2010 until 2015, Leeves played the 40-something 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. [11] The series ended in 2015 after six seasons and 128 episodes. She returned to television in 2018, with her first series regular role in a dramatic series, the Fox medical drama The Resident playing orthopaedic surgeon Kitt Voss. [12] [13]

Personal life

Leeves has been married to Marshall Coben, a CBS Paramount Television executive, since 21 December 1996.[ citation needed ] They have two children.[ citation needed ] Her first pregnancy was written into a Frasier plot as a weight-gaining problem for her character.[ citation needed ]Frasier co-star Peri Gilpin was in the delivery room when her first child was born. [14] Leeves is godmother of Gilpin's daughter and lives next door to Gilpin in Los Angeles, California.[ citation needed ] Leeves' son has David Hyde Pierce and the late John Mahoney as godfathers.[ citation needed ]

In January 2012, Leeves posed in an ad for the NOH8 Campaign, which supports the LGBT community. [15]



1981Nice to See YouPerformerTelevision film
1983 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life DancerUncredited
1983 The Hunger Uncredited
1985 To Live and Die in L.A. SerenaCredited as Jane Leaves
1992Just DesertsAmy Phillips
1994 Mr. Write Wylie
1994 Miracle on 34th Street Alberta Leonard
1996 James and the Giant Peach Mrs. LadybugVoice
1996 Pandora's Clock Rachel SherwoodTelevision film
1996 The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century Caroline WebbVoice
1999 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Juliet Gosling
1999 Music of the Heart Dorothea von Haeften
2003 The Event Mona
2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties EenieVoice
2009 Endless Bummer Liv
2012 What About Dick? Emma Schlegel


1983–1985 The Benny Hill Show Hill's Angel4 episodes
1986–1988 Throb Prudence Anne "Blue" BartlettMain role
1987 Murder, She Wrote Gwen PetrieEpisode: "It Runs in the Family"
1989 It's a Living Terry TedaldoEpisode: "He Never Sang for His Father"
1989 Mr. Belvedere Professor Ann BurnsEpisode: "The Professor"
1989 Hooperman AnnieEpisode: "Stakeout"
1989–1993 Murphy Brown Audrey Cohen9 episodes
1990 My Two Dads HarrietEpisode: "See You in September?"
1990Room for RomanceEpisode: "A Midsummer Night's Reality"
1990 Who's the Boss? Ms. AdamsEpisode: "Parental Guidance Suggested"
1991 Blossom SheilaEpisode: "Love Stinks"
1992 Red Dwarf USA HollyUnsold
1992–1998 Seinfeld Marla Penny4 episodes
1993–2004 Frasier Daphne Moon Main role
1995 Caroline in the City Daphne Moon Episode: "Caroline and the Bad Back"
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Athena 6 episodes
2003 The Simpsons EdwinaVoice
Episode: The Regina Monologues
2004 Have I Got News For You Guest Presenter1 Episode
2006MisconceptionsAmanda Watson7 episodes
2006 Twenty Good Years Mary FrancesEpisode: "Big Love"
2008 The Starter Wife Ann Hefton2 episodes
2009–2011 The Penguins of Madagascar LuluVoice
2 episodes
2009–2013 Phineas and Ferb Various CharactersVoice
5 episodes
2010 Desperate Housewives Dr. Graham2 episodes
2010 Notes from the Underbelly GracieEpisode: "Accidental Family Bed"
2010–2015 Hot in Cleveland Joy Scroggs Main role
2016 Crowded GwenEpisode: "The Fixer"
2016 Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Lt. EstocVoice
2 episodes
2017 The Great Indoors CherylEpisode: "Roland's Secret"
2017–2019 Mickey and the Roadster Racers Queen of EnglandVoice
3 episodes
2017Babette BeagleVoice
Episode: "Artful Helpers"
2018 We Bare Bears Ari CurdVoice
Episode: "Googs"
2018–present The Resident Dr. Kitt VossSeries regular

Awards and nominations

1994 Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Frasier Nominated
1995 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Won
1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Nominated
1998 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Nominated
1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Nominated
2000 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Nominated
2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2004 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2011 Hot in Cleveland Nominated

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