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I'm blonde but I'm no bimbo; INTERVIEW : Kimberley Davies.

Love is blind in the Aussie soaps - as sexy star Kimberley Davies is about to discover.

Annalise, her insatiable man-eating character in Neighbours (BBC1, 1.40pm/ 5.35pm) is set for an affair with one of the show's most unattractive males.

It's the oddest liaison in a long line of screen romances for Kimberley, who revels in playing the screen heartbreaker at her most wicked. "Even though I'm sometimes shocked by what she does I would not have her any other way," she says.

Her unlikely new flame is Stonefish - nicknamed after an Aussie fish that's said to be ugly but appealing. He has to face Annalise after making a pass at her in nightclub.

Stonefish (Anthony Engelman) promises her it will never happen again. But the couple just can't resist each other and end up between the sheets in some of the sexiest soap scenes ever seen.

Whether UK fans will see them is in the balance.

The BBC is planning to dilute some of the spicier story-lines that have boosted the ratings in Australia. A prime candidate for the censor's scissors is the scene when Annalise's partner, Sam, catches her in bed with Stonefish.

It's a story that will herald Kimberley's exit from the soap after three years on Ramsay Street. "Annalise is a terrible flirt," says Kimberley. "I'd never love 'em and leave 'em the way she does."

Off screen there has been only one man in her life - medical student and model Jason Harvey. The couple recently scotched rumours their relationship was on the rocks when they bought a flat together in Sydney.

Kimberley says she's not sad to wave goodbye to soap stardom. "Annalise is great but she's given me a lot of hassle. I get fed up with the constant comparisons.

"Being blonde doesn't make you a bimbo," says the star, who abandoned a university course after she was discovered by a talent scout.

She now has plans to work in the United States. "Being in a soap doesn't mean you can't act. That's what I want to show everyone."

SUE MALINS
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Author:Malins, Sue
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 9, 1996
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