Jane Leeves

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Jane Leeves

Born

4/18/1961, London, England

Birth Name

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Jane Leaves
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9.0
out of 10
User Rating
92 votes

Biography

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Jane Leeves, was born in London but raised in East Grinstead, West Sussex, UK. At the age of 5 she recalls writing in a schoolbook that she wanted to be an actress, but until the age of 18, when she had a tragic ankle accident and had to…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jane and the cast of Frasier won the SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2000. They were nominated a total of ten times, from 1995-2004.

    • Jane's measurements are 32-22-33.

    • Jane was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television during the year 1995.

    • On the show Frasier, Jane's character had gained weight and after her child was born, it was written into the show that Daphne lost a total of 9 pounds and 12 ounces. This was the weight of Jane's daughter, Isabella, when she was born.

    • By the end of Frasier, Jane had an Emmy Award nomination for her role as Daphne Moon, and she had also become the highest-paid British/English actress in all of Hollywood.

    • During 2001-2002, Jane was pregnant and the writers of Frasier had written for the show that her character, Daphne, had gained weight because of the stress from her relationship with Niles.

    • Her daughter, Isabella Kathryn Coben, was born in January 2001 on the 9th.

    • Jane is very good friends with Faith Ford. They met in an acting class and were room mates for six years (that Jane was in the country).

    • Jane, her co-star from Frasier, and the dog Eddie from Frasier all appeared in a music video Bree Sharp, called David Duchovny in 1998.

    • In 1993, Jane and the cast of Frasier were nominated for an Emmy award.

    • Jane made her Broadway debut playing the character of Sally Bowles in Cabaret during a summer.

    • Jane moved to the U.S. (specifically New York) from England when she was only 21 years old.

    • Jane played a tourist in a video called "California Girls".

    • Her parents' jobs were as an engineer and a nurse. She was raised in Sussex and has two sisters and one brother.

    • Jane's son Finn William Leeves Coben, was born on December 19, 2003.

    • Jane had her marriage blessed at St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex in 1996.

    • While filming Frasier, Jane appeared in 2 public service announcements for NBC's The More You Know campaign. Her topics were parental involvement and stay in school.

    • Jane Leeves suffered from a bizarre food craving while pregnant with her second child. She longed for jellied eels.

    • Jane Leeves' daughter Isabella had her very own trailer on the grounds of Paramount studios, so that she could be near mom while she worked on the hit TV sitcom Frasier. Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen gave the baby a changing table and crib.

    • Jane Leeves is 5'9.75" tall and wears a size 6.

    • Jane Leeves, her sister Kathryn and Frasier (1993) co-star Peri Gilpin have a production company called Bristol Cities.

    • Jane Leeves' daughter Isabella weighed 9lbs 12oz. at birth. Frasier (1993) co-star Peri Gilpin was in the delivery room. Peri is also Isabella's godmother.

    • Even though she is English, she played Holly in the three failed pilots of the American version of Red Dwarf, a very popular English comedy.

    • Originally trained to be a ballerina, until she suffered an ankle injury. Has also worked as a model.

  • Quotes

    • Jane Leeves: I'm the highest paid English actress ever, apparently.

    • Jane Leeves: They go "Daphne, we love her, she's so sweet." She's a great calling card because she's such a nice person and so likable that people relate to her and immediately embrace me.

    • Jane Leeves: I read for them one day, then Kelsey Grammer walked in and read with me the next day, and they said, 'Could you go outside for a second?' I went outside and then they opened the door and said, 'ladies and gentlemen, Daphne Moon.'

    • Jane Leeves: (talking about how she knows everything about her character, Daphne Moon) It's true. I have quite an extensive background of her. In 1982 she was at beauty school. It hasn't been talked about in the scripts, but I know she tried her hand at many things. For Daphne, its always been about talking care of people and helping them feel better. She has 8 brothers and comes from a working class background. The little house she grew up in was just like the one in My Left Foot, with four in a bed. She had to contribute to the running of the household by bringing home what she made and giving a bit for Mum.

    • Jane Leeves: It was a very small town in the middle of the country side. Everybody knew each other, you felt safe there, you didn't have to lock doors.

    • Jane Leeves: I have a standard British accent and Daphne has a Mancunian accent, since she's from Manchester. It's like the difference between a traditional American accent and a southern accent. A Mancunian accent is more working class. I'm so used to slipping in and out of it but sometimes my accent has gotten us into trouble on the scripts because the words don't come out the way the writers envisaged. For instance, I was supposed to tell a joke once that ended in the word Duck, but with the accent it didn't sound funny so they changed it to elephant.

    • Jane Leeves: Makes us nervous but we have been assured by the wonderful writers that have left us that they would never leave us unless we were in good hands. And I know that we are. These are writers that are taking over that have been with us for while now.

    • Jane: I let my apartment in London go and I sold everything. I literally had $1000 and a suitcase when I got on the plane. The next day I enrolled in my first acting class. We had some great people, Jim Carrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Molly Ringwald. It was very inspirational.

    • Jane Leeves: I wish I were more like Daphne--she's so comfortable with who she is.

    • Jane Leeves: 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.

    • Jane Leeves: (after Frasier ended) I'm taking a huge step away from Daphne, and maybe that will work for me.

    • Jane Leeves: (on the network giving Frasier a good time slot) This has given us a tremendous boost, and it's sort of a really exciting thing to come back to. You know, it's not just we're doing Frasier on Tuesday. We're getting the Thursday time slot.

    • Jane Leeves: I used to see Jim Carrey in comedy clubs and tell him "This isn't going to get you anywhere. What you're good at is that nice Jimmy Stewart stuff." Thank God he never listened.

    • Jane Leeves: I hate to see ultra thinness glamorized. Just because a woman is anorexic-looking doesn't mean she's a role model of any kind.

    • Jane Leeves: People are always commenting on how tall I am. They say I don't look that tall on television, for some reason. but I'm near 5 foot 10 inches.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Another good comedic actress...

    8.5
    ...in an offering of mostly terrible comedic actresses.



    She's smart, she's got excellent timing and delivery, and it's so nice to see her back on TV in a role supported by other such smart, funny and talented women.



    She was the perfect foil for Niles Crane and she continues to deliver now on "Hot in Cleveland".



    There is no doubt that Hot in Cleveland will never be of the caliber of Frasier, but it's the first comedy in a long time that takes advantage of it's star's natural abilities with material it takes talent to deliver.



    And besides, anyone who can do Monty Python and sing 'every sperm is sacred' with a straight face, is capitol in my books! :o}moreless
  • Very beautiful.

    10
    Jane Leeves is, in my opinion, the most beautiful actress I have ever seen in my life. She reminds me so much of the woman I'm in love with right now. Like her, Jane Leeves is funny and full of laughter. She's English, too. She's incredibly hot, like my woman. More importantly, she is very sweet and makes a lot of people smile.



    I saw a lot of those wonderful features in her role as Daphne on Frasier. Daphne was a beautiful woman with a great sense of humor, a heart of pure gold. and a soul as deep as the ocean. I idolize Jane Leeves. I hope I see more of her on television.moreless
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