Jane Leeves portrays the eccentric Daphne Moon in the top-rated comedy series "Frasier." Daphne is the warmhearted home-care worker who cares for Frasier’s (Kelsey Grammer) crusty father Martin (John Mahoney). With her love for his son, Dr. Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce), audiences are continuously entertained as Daphne and Niles’ relationship continues to reach new levels. Leeves’ portrayal as Daphne has earned her two Emmy nominations.
Born on April 18 in London, Leeves was raised in East Grinstead, Sussex, England, the daughter, (along with two sisters and a brother) of a contracts engineer and a nurse. Her first dream was to be a ballerina, but that career was cut short by an ankle injury when she was 18. She bounced back with modeling and less strenuous dancing in commercials and music videos.
Leeves moved to Los Angeles and was soon cast in the role of Blue in the syndicated series “Throb.” She gained much attention for her role as Audrey Cohen, the girlfriend of Miles Silverberg on “Murphy Brown,” and later appeared in one of the most memorable episodes of “Seinfeld,” as the virgin who seduced John F. Kennedy, Jr., which she reprised in the “Seinfeld” season finale. Her other television work includes the NBC miniseries “Pandora’s Clock” and guest starring roles on “Murder, She Wrote,” “My Two Dads,” “Blossom,” and “Who’s the Boss?”
Her feature film credits include the Academy Award-nominated feature “The Music of My Heart,” the independent feature “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” the voice of the Ladybug in the animated film “James & the Giant Peach” based on the Roald Dahl book, “Miracle on 34th Street,” “To Live and Die in L.A.,” “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life,” “The Hunger” and “Mr. Write.” She also took to the Broadway stage as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and completed a starring role in the independent feature film “The Event.”
She is currently starring in TV Land's new hit sitcom, "Hot in Cleveland."
Leeves resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.