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The new Barbarella; Lust in space as Xenia fits into Fonda's role of cult cosmic sex kitten.

MOVE over Jane Fonda, here comes the ultimate space-age sex kitten - it's Barbie-rella.

If Fonda set pulses racing in the cult science fiction movie Barbarella, Xenia Seeberg will send the average male heartbeat through the stratosphere.

In her 1968 flick, scantily-clad Fonda relied on innuendo and suggestion as a formula to warm up deep space.

Xenia takes a more direct route. Her Barbie Doll lookalike character Xev in the Sci-Fi Channel's freaky series Lexx is a nymphomaniac love slave who lives for the job.

But Xenia, who starred alongside Scots pop star Jimmy Sommerville in the latest episode of Lexx, is different in real life.

The German pop star, who trained in opera, is fluent in English and also speaks French and Italian. At college she studied philosophy and Latin and regards herself as a girl-next- door type.

The 28-year-old said: "I'm a regular kind of girl and I'm not really an extrovert. I have a boyfriend.

"The sex slave plot was a lot of fun and I had no real problem with it because Lexx thrives on innuendoes and harmless jokes, which don't really cause any offence."

Jimmy, who travelled to Germany to film the part of a slave called Chintz shown in last night's episiode, said: "I did it for a laugh."

Xenia said: "It's great that Jimmy worked on the show because I'm a big fan of his.

"A lot of people will wonder how he managed to pop up in Lexx but he is very adventurous and he has a good sense of humour."

Xenia realises the show's bosses are relying on her to drag in a host of red-blooded male viewers but she insisted: "I'm not a bimbo.

"Originally I was created as a nymphomaniac half-woman half-lizard and the sexual part was overplayed. But recently my part has developed and that suits me."

Xenia, who is also busy writing songs, said: "I would love to record some music in Britain. I sing in English."

The Sci-Fi Channel is free on ntl cable this month.
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Date:Apr 21, 2000
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