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Jane Leeves

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Jane Leeves (born April 18, 1961) is an actress best known for her work as Daphne on Frasier.

Born in Ilford, England, Leeves trained as a ballet dancer and worked as a model, until she made her first film appearance in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. She was a regular on The Benny Hill Show and appeared in a David Lee Roth music video for the song "California Girls", but struggled for several years to establish herself. She became somewhat visible as the flighty roommate on the syndicated sitcom Throb!

She had a recurring role in the television series Murphy Brown which provided her first period of success, playing the loud and awkward girlfriend of producer Miles Silverberg, Audrey. Leeves also appeared in two episodes of Seinfeld - The Virgin and The Contest.

In 1993, she joined the cast of the television series Frasier. Leeves played the beautiful, eccentric, new age and forthright Daphne Moon, and she became a popular actress in this role. By the conclusion of Frasier, Leeves had received an Emmy Award nomination for her role, and had become the highest paid British actress in Hollywood.

Appearing less frequently in cinema, Leeves lent her voice to the animated film James and the Giant Peach (1996) and acted in the film Music of the Heart (1999).

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