Birth Name: Jane Leeves
Birth Place: East Grinstead, England, GB
Born April 18, 1961 in Ilford, Essex, England and raised in East Grinstead, Sussex - about 30 miles from London - Amanda Jane Leeves was the daughter of a contracts engineer and a nurse. She knew she wanted to be an actress from the age of five when she first saw "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) and wanted to play Peter O'Toole's part. To achieve those ends, she studied ballet with an eye towards dancing professionally, but a foot injury ended her career at 18. Instead, she moved to London to make the acting rounds and landed a series of modeling and light dancing gigs, including a very brief stint as a "Hill's Angel" on "The Benny Hill Show" (ITV, 1951-1991) as well as a tiny role as a singing, ...
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