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Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour was born as Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg in 1951 in Middlesex, England, to a nurse mother and gynaecologist/obstetrician father. She is of Polish Jewish (father) and Dutch (mother) descent. She adopted the acting name of "Jane Seymour" when she entered show business as it was easier for people to remember (and the name of one of King Henry VIII's wives). She attracted the attention of the James Bond film producers when they saw her on British television. She was cast as the main Bond girl, "Solitaire", in Live and Let Die (1973). The role gained her international recognition but she was in danger of losing it all like the previous Bond girls, so she came to the U.S.

A casting director advised her to lose her English accent and acquire an American accent to land roles on American television. She did and started getting roles, earning five Emmy nominations, resulting in one win for Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988) for playing Maria Callas. She won Golden Globe awards for both East of Eden (1981) and the American television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993), where she played the title role for 5 years. She occasionally appeared in feature films, memorably in Somewhere in Time (1980) and in Wedding Crashers (2005).

Married and divorced four times, she gave birth to four children and is a stepmother to two. They have children of their own, making her a grandmother. As of 2018, she has been acting in television movies and making guest-appearances.

Known For


Cast Credits

Harry Wild (2022)
Starring as Harriet "Harry" Wild (8 episodes)
The Guardians of Justice (2022)
Guest starring as Addison Walker (7 episodes)
The Meaning of Life with Joe Duffy (2021)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour
B Positive (2020)
Guest starring as Bette (15 episodes)
Grayson's Art Club (2020)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour
Celebrity Painting Challenge (2019)
Starring as Jane Seymour (4 episodes)
  • Episode 1x04: Episode 4 (Apr 25, 2019)
  • Episode 1x03: Episode 3 (Apr 18, 2019)
  • Episode 1x02: Episode 2 (Apr 11, 2019)
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The Kominsky Method (2018)
Guest starring as Madelyn (6 episodes)
I Feel Bad (2018)
Guest starring as TBD
Let's Get Physical (2018)
Starring as Janet Force (6 episodes)
James Martin's Saturday Morning (2017)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour
Hooten & The Lady (2016)
Guest starring as Lady Tabitha Lindo-Parker (3 episodes)
  • Episode 1x08: Caribbean (Nov 4, 2016)
  • Episode 1x06: Moscow (Oct 21, 2016)
  • Episode 1x02: Rome (Sep 23, 2016)
Harry (2016)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour
Jane the Virgin (2014)
Guest starring as Amanda Elaine (3 episodes)
Forever (2014)
Guest starring as Maureen Delacroix
Back in the Game (2013)
Guest starring as Mrs. Crosby
Newsreaders (2013)
Guest starring as Claire Clatter
Ben and Kate (2012)
Guest starring as Wendy
  • Episode 1x11: B-Squad (Jan 8, 2013)
Men at Work (2012)
Guest starring as Bridget Ellis
Anderson Live (2011)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour
Franklin & Bash (2011)
Guest starring as Colleen Bash (4 episodes)
Lorraine (2010)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour
Castle (2009)
Guest starring as Gloria Chambers
All Star Mr & Mrs (2008)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour
In Case of Emergency (2007)
Guest starring as Donna (3 episodes)
Justice (2006)
Guest starring as Karen Patterson
Modern Men (2006)
Starring as Dr. Victoria Stangel (7 episodes)
How I Met Your Mother (2005)
Guest starring as Professor Lewis
Agatha Christie's Marple (2004)
Guest starring as Rachel Argyle
Who Do You Think You Are? (2004)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour (2 episodes)
Smallville (2001)
Guest starring as Genevieve Teague (6 episodes)
  • Episode 4x22: Commencement (May 18, 2005)
  • Episode 4x21: Forever (May 11, 2005)
  • Episode 4x20: Ageless (May 4, 2005)
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Guest starring as Debra Connor
Loose Women (1999)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour (5 episodes)
Guest starring as Panellist (2 episodes)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1999)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour
So Graham Norton (1998)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour
Dharma & Greg (1997)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour
The Nanny (1993)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993)
Starring as Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn (7 episodes)
Diagnosis Murder (1992)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour
  • Episode 5x09: Must Kill TV (Nov 6, 1997) [Special Guest Star]
Murphy Brown (1988)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour (2 episodes)
Herman Wouk's War and Remembrance (1988)
Starring as Natalie Henry (12 episodes)
Jack the Ripper (1988)
Starring as Emma (2 episodes)
The Dame Edna Experience (1987)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour
Danielle Steel's Crossings (1986)
Guest starring as Hillary Burnham (3 episodes)
  • Episode 1x03: Pearl Harbor (Feb 25, 1986) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 1x02: WWII (Feb 24, 1986) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 1x01: Pre War (Feb 23, 1986) [Special Guest Star]
Jamaica Inn (1983)
Starring as Mary Yellan (2 episodes)
East of Eden (1981)
Starring as Kate Ames
Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Guest starring as Serina (3 episodes)
The Awakening Land (1978)
Starring as Genny Luckett
Seventh Avenue (1977)
Starring as Eva Myers (4 episodes)
  • Episode 1x06: Episode 6 (Feb 24, 1977)
  • Episode 1x05: Episode 5 (Feb 24, 1977)
  • Episode 1x02: Episode 2 (Feb 10, 1977)
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Battle of the Network Stars (1976)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour
Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (1974)
Guest starring as Veronique d'Aubray
The Onedin Line (1971)
Starring as Emma Callon
Guest starring as Emma Callon (9 episodes)
Oscars (1953)
Guest starring as Jane Seymour

Crew Credits

Harry Wild (2022)
Show crew as Executive Producer (8 episodes)
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