Jane Leeves
Jane Leeves 2012.jpg
Leeves in 2012
Born
Jane Elizabeth Leeves

(1961-04-18) 18 April 1961 (age 61)
Ilford, Essex, England
OccupationActress
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)
Marshall Coben
(m. 1996)
Children2

Jane Elizabeth Leeves (born 18 April 1961)[1] is an English actress. Leeves 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 also played 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.[citation needed] 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] 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.

Career

Leeves at the 1994 Emmys
Leeves at the 1994 Emmys

The 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. She was a regular on The Benny Hill Show (as one of "Hill's Angels"). She made use of her experience as a dancer in a scene in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.[citation needed] In the US, she appeared as a tourist with a baby in the video for David Lee Roth's song "California Girls",[citation needed] but struggled for several years to establish an acting career. She became somewhat visible as the flighty record company employee Blue (née Prudence Anne Bartlett) on the syndicated sitcom Throb.[citation needed]

She had a recurring role in the television series Murphy Brown as Audrey, the smart but awkward girlfriend of producer Miles Silverberg (played by Grant Shaud). She 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 as 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 been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nomination (1998), and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1995).[6]

Appearing less frequently in cinema, Leeves lent her speaking and singing voice to the animated film James and the Giant Peach (1996) as Mrs. Ladybug, and appeared in 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]

Leeves in August 2012
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 Kit Voss.[12][13]

Personal life

Leeves is married to Marshall Coben, a CBS Paramount Television executive. Leeves' Frasier co-star Peri Gilpin was in the delivery room when her first child was born.[14]

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

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Nice to See You Performer Television film
1983 Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Dancer Uncredited[citation needed]
The Hunger
1985 To Live and Die in L.A. Serena Credited as Jane Leaves
1992 Just Deserts Amy Phillips
1994 Mr. Write Wylie
Miracle on 34th Street Alberta Leonard
1996 James and the Giant Peach Mrs. Ladybug Voice
Pandora's Clock Rachel Sherwood Television film
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century Caroline Webb Voice
1999 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Juliet Gosling
Music of the Heart Dorothea von Haeften
2003 The Event Mona
2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Eenie Voice
2009 Endless Bummer Liv
2012 What About Dick? Emma Schlegel

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1983–1985 The Benny Hill Show Hill's Angel 4 episodes
1986–1988 Throb Prudence Anne "Blue" Bartlett Main role
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"
Mr. Belvedere Professor Ann Burns Episode: "The Professor"
Hooperman Annie Episode: "Stakeout"
1989–1993 Murphy Brown Audrey Cohen 9 episodes
1990 My Two Dads Harriet Episode: "See You in September?"
Room for Romance Episode: "A Midsummer Night's Reality"
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 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 Edwina Voice
Episode: "The Regina Monologues"
2004 Have I Got News For You Guest Presenter 1 Episode
2006 Misconceptions Amanda Watson 7 episodes
Twenty Good Years Mary Frances Episode: "Big Love"
2008 The Starter Wife Ann Hefton 2 episodes
2009–2011 The Penguins of Madagascar Lulu Voice
2 episodes
2009–2013 Phineas and Ferb Various Characters Voice
5 episodes
2010 Desperate Housewives Dr. Graham 2 episodes
Notes from the Underbelly Gracie Episode: "Accidental Family Bed"
2010–2015 Hot in Cleveland Joy Scroggs Main role
2016 Crowded Gwen Episode: "The Fixer"
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Lt. Estoc Voice
2 episodes
2017 The Great Indoors Cheryl Episode: "Roland's Secret"
2017–2019 Mickey and the Roadster Racers Queen of England Voice
3 episodes
2017 Babette Beagle Voice
Episode: "Artful Helpers"
2018 We Bare Bears Ari Curd Voice
Episode: "Googs"
2018–present The Resident Dr. Kitt Voss Series regular

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
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
1997 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
2002 Nominated
2003 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

References

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  2. ^ "Jane Leeves". Television Academy.
  3. ^ "Jane Leeves". www.goldenglobes.com.
  4. ^ Dawidziak, Mark (14 January 2010). "Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick will be 'Hot in Cleveland'". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  5. ^ sschwart. "Throb (TV Series 1986–1988)". Internet Movie Database.
  6. ^ "Jane Leeves". TV.com. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Jane Leeves Sets Dates for B'way's Cabaret – Broadway Tickets". Broadway.com. 19 February 2002. Retrieved 23 March 2009.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Dyess-Nugent, Harris, VanDerWerff, Phil, Will, Todd. "The unseen: 24 TV shows produced but never properly aired". AV Club. Onion, Inc. Retrieved 4 September 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Janeleeves2 (12 October 2009). "Jane Leeves on Graham Norton". YouTube.
  10. ^ Kirby, Terry (7 February 2007). "US version of 'Vicar of Dibley' to star Kirstie Alley – Media, News". The Independent. London. Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  11. ^ "SAG's TV nominations: What did they miss?". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (19 June 2018). "'The Resident': Jane Leeves Joins Season 2 As New Series Regular As Trio Exits".
  13. ^ "Jane Leeves Talks Her New Role in 'The Resident' & a Possible 'Frasier' Revival". TV Insider.
  14. ^ "`FRASIER' STAR LEEVES GIVES BIRTH TO GIRL". chicagotribune.com. 19 January 2001. Retrieved 10 April 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "'Hot in Cleveland's' Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves Join NOH8 Campaign | On Top Magazine | LGBT News & Entertainment". On Top. On Top Media. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2016.