Biography

This British comic actress initially studied ballet until an injury forced her to change careers. In the mid-1980s, the leggy Leeves did a stint in her homeland on The Benny Hill Show, but it was on American sitcoms that she came to prominence. A recurring role opposite her then real-life boyfriend Grant Shaud on Murphy Brown raised her profile, as did a stint as a nubile virgin on Seinfeld. Then Leeves made her name and earned an Emmy nod as the delightfully loopy home attendant Daphne Moon on 11 seasons of Frasier. When TV Land began developing original programming, Leeves signed on to costar alongside some fellow sitcom vets (including Frasier alum Wendy Malick) on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland in 2010. However, the multi-talented Leeves does not allow herself to be typecast as just a sitcom actress. This busy mom has branched out and done voice-over work in children's programming (James and the Giant Peach; The Penguins of Madagascar TV series), guest starred on dramas such as Desperate Housewives (in a switch from her role on Frasier, this time she played a therapist), and tackled singing and dancing on Broadway (she was in the revival of Cabaret in 2002). In addition, Leeves stepped behind the camera as she cofounded the production company Bristol Cities with her Frasier costar Peri Gilpin.

Fast Facts

  • Began studying ballet at a very early age, but hurt her ankle when she was 18 and was forced to give it up.
  • Appeared in David Lee Roth's video for "California Girls."
  • Lived for a time with her best friend Faith Ford, whom she met in acting class.
  • Cofounded the production company Bristol Cities with Frasier costar Peri Gilpin in 1998.
  • Since her first pregnancy wasn't written into Frasier, her character, Daphne, was sent off to a fat camp and was said to have lost 9 pounds, 12 ounces---the weight of Jane's daughter when she was born.
  • Made her Broadway debut in Cabaret as Sally Bowles in 2002.
  • Reunited with Frasier alum Wendy Malick to costar in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland.

Awards

  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Grant Shaud — Ex-significant Other
  • Colin Leeves — Father
  • Ruth Leeves — Mother
  • Alison — Sister
  • Katie — Sister
  • Isabella Kathryn Coben — Daughter
  • Finn William Coben — Son
  • Marshall Coben — Husband
  • Richard Leeves — Brother

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  • Birth Place: Ilford, Essex, England
  • Birthday: April 18, 1961, Aries
  • Profession: Actor
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