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Lawless becomes a regular on 'Galactica'

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

10 February 2006

Lucy Lawless, already a cult heroine from her days as Xena, is about to pick up even more geek cred.

Lawless will join the cast of the Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica" for its third season, reprising her role as D'Anna Biers. She's scheduled to appear in 10 episodes of Season 3, which begins filming in the spring.

Fans of the critically hailed show won't have to wait to see her again, though -- she's set to make another guest appearance in an episode scheduled for Feb. 24.

Lawless' character, a journalist, arrived on Galactica to do an expos on supposed misconduct by crew members that resulted in the death of civilians. Her piece ended up having the opposite effect, however, bridging a gap between the military and civilian survivors of humanity.

Viewers also found out that D'Anna had an ulterior motive: She's a human-looking Cylon sent to gather information on the humans.

Lawless, a native of New Zealand, shot to stardom in this country during her time as "Xena: Warrior Princess," which ran in syndication from 1995-2000.

She's also appeared on "The X-Files" and "Veronica Mars" and starred in the short-lived WB series "Tarzan" two seasons ago.