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Overview (3)

Born in Ilford, Essex, England, UK
Birth NameJane Elizabeth Leeves
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jane Leeves has made her mark in the entertainment world, acting in television, theater and film over the past 20 years.

She is most famous for her role as "Daphne" in the award-winning show "Frasier" (1993-2004). Leeves played one of the five main characters of the sitcom, a live-in caretaker hired to take care of Frasier Crane's father, an ex-policeman wounded in the hip. Leeves' character added a comical element to many scenes between Frasier and his family with her wit, down-to-earth remarks, and part-time, self-determined psychic abilities. Frasier Crane's brother becomes instantly smitten with her smile and Mancunian accent, which she had to fake for the whole duration of the show. She became very good friends with the cast, including Peri Gilpin, David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney, who are all godparents to her children. Her role as Daphne Moon was awarded by numerous awards nominations during the course of the TV series :

  • In 1994 she was nominated for the "Best supporting actress - Series, miniseries or television film" Golden Globe Award.
  • In 1995, she won the Q Award for "Best supporting actress in a Quality Comedy Series". She was nominated five more times in that same category (1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000).
  • In 1998, she was nominated for the "Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series" Primetime Emmy Award.
  • In 1999 and 2003, she was nominated for the "Best supporting actress - television series, musical or comedy" Satellite Award.
  • In 2001, she was nominated for the "Supporting actress of the year in a comedy series" TV Guide Award.


Leeves stars in the Emmy® Award-winning TV Land series, Hot in Cleveland (2010), which in 2011 was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Leeves plays eyebrow archer to the stars, "Joy Scroggs". The comedy revolves around three fabulous LA women of a certain age, and best friends (Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Wendie Malick) whose lives are changed forever when their plane, bound for Paris, unexpectedly lands in Cleveland.

She graced the world of theater by starring as "Sally Bowles" in the Roundabout production of "Cabaret" on Broadway. Leeves has also lent her voice to various animated television series, including The Penguins of Madagascar (2008), Phineas and Ferb (2007) and The Simpsons (1989), as well as the major motion picture, James and the Giant Peach (1996). Leeves also appeared in the film, Music of the Heart (1999), which co-starred Meryl Streep. On June 16, 2011, Leeves -- along with costars Bertinelli, Malick, and White -- was presented with the key to the city of Cleveland by the mayor.

She recently started the "Tellurian Foundation", a line of all-natural skin care and baby products. A portion of the profits will be donated to those who strive to provide help to those in need, most recently "Food Share".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: TL & Andrealagringuita

Spouse (1)

Marshall Coben (21 December 1996 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (17)

Former roommate of Faith Ford.
Plays a tourist in David Lee Roth's TV Video David Lee Roth: California Girls (1985)).
Daughter Isabella Kathryn Coben born on Tuesday, Jan. 9th, 2001. The baby was 9lbs. 12oz. Frasier (1993) co-star Peri Gilpin was in the delivery room.
Frasier (1993) co-star Peri Gilpin is child Isabella's godmother.
Originally trained to be a ballerina, until she suffered an ankle injury. Has also worked as a model.
Although born in Ilford Essex and brought up in East Grinstead in Sussex, she affects completly different accent (Mancunian) from 250 miles away for Frasier (1993).
Has a production company called Bristol Cities (cockney rhyming slang) with her sister Kathryn and Frasier (1993) co-star Peri Gilpin.
Had her marriage blessed at St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex in 1996.
Son, Finn William Leeves Coben, born 19 December 2003
Appeared as an uncredited dancer in the "Christmas in Heaven" sequence in The Meaning of Life (1983).
Played Sally Bowles on Broadway in "Cabaret" in 2002.
Daughter of an engineer and a nurse, Jane Leeves was born in Ilford, Essex, England. She was raised in East Grinstead, Sussex, along with two sisters and a brother.
During the Frasier (1993) episode Frasier: It Takes Two to Tangle (2001), "Niles" (David Hyde Pierce) tells "Roz" (Peri Gilpin) that "Daphne" (Leeves) lost 9 lbs and 12 ounces at the spa. Jane Leeves' pregnancy had fed the storyline that Daphne had lost control of her weight, and Pierce was referring to the birth of Leeves' daughter Isabella Kathryn Coben, who was 9lbs. 12oz.
Friend of Valerie Bertinelli.
Her husband, Marshall Coben, is a CBS Paramount Television executive.
Plays a psychiatrist in Desperate Housewives (2004) and a character who lives with a psychiatrist in Frasier (1993).
Was a member of Benny Hill's "Hills Angels" dance troupe in the early '80s.

Personal Quotes (2)

I wish James Dean would never have died. Then he'd be fat and acting on Dynasty (1981) or something. There wouldn't be this whiny-boy act that's so prevalent everywhere.
I knew I would never be strong enough to be a soloist. And I wasn't going to be stuck in the back with all the other swans. (regarding her leaving ballet for an acting career.)

Salary (1)

Frasier (1993) $367,500 /episode

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