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 crusty father Martin. With her love for his son, Dr. Niles Crane, audiences are continuously entertained as Daphne and Niles’ relationship continues to reach new levels.
Leeves’ portrayal as Daphne has earned her two Emmy nominations. Recently, she took to the Broadway stage as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and completed a starring role in the independent feature film The Event.
Born 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 eighteen. 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 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 Music of My Heart, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, the voice of the ladybug in the animated film James & the Giant Peach, Miracle on 34th Street, To Live and Die in L.A., Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, The Hunger and Mr. Write.
Leeves and Frasier co-star Peri Gilpin are reading film and television projects for their production company Bristol Cities.
Leeves resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.