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Karima Adebibe
1. Original Press Release
2. Karima Adebibe Bio
3. Interview with Karima Adebibe


Original Press Release

London 15th Feb 2005; The international face of action hero Lara Croft has today been revealed as an unknown 20 year old model from Bethnal Green, London.

Karima Adebibe, is set to be catapulted into the world of superstardom after being cast from thousands of hopefuls in an international search to fill the shoes of one of Hollywoods’ biggest stars.

Karima, a self confessed tomboy and Top Shop sales assistant, will need all her reserves of energy for the adventures that lie ahead in one of entertainment’s most challenging acting and modelling roles. Starting immediately she will embark on a gruelling training programme which includes an SAS survival, combat and semi automatic weapon firing course in Eastern Europe and a crash course in world archaeology, deportment, elocution and etiquette lessons in order to portray Lady Lara Croft, the 11th generation Countess, archaeologist and action hero.

Once completely trained in the ways of video gaming’s leading lady, Karima will be lining up a host of international modelling assignments, starring in TV commercials, appearing on chat shows and is set to be travelling the globe for the next two years.

“This is an incredible opportunity for me and one which I plan to grasp with both hands” said Karima. “It’s a huge challenge to follow in the footsteps of people like Nell McAndrew and Angelina Jolie, but life is all about challenges and this is perhaps the biggest one for a model and actress.”

“Karima has all the assets needed to accurately portray the world’s favourite female action hero” said Matt Gorman, Brand Controller for Tomb Raider. “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend sees Lara at the very height of her powers this makes Karima the 7 th and most important Lara Croft yet.”

Already tipped as ‘the blockbuster video game for 2006’ this will be the seventh game of English publisher Eidos’ hit series and sees Lara Croft return to her tombraiding roots. Celebrating its 10 th anniversary this year, Tomb Raider is one of the best selling videogames of all time. Lara Croft has transcended games, entertainment and technology into action figures, comic books, adventure novels, and two major motion pictures.

Karima follows in the footsteps of previous Lara Croft stars, Lucy Clarkson, Rhona Mitra, Nell McAndrew, Vanessa Demouy, Lara Weller and of course Angelina Jolie in the Tomb Raider movies.

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Karima Adibebe Bio

Karima Adebibe
Where born
London , England
Star sign
Hair Colour

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Interview with Karima Adibebe

What does Lara Croft mean to you?
Lara Croft Is the epitome of British class, beauty and strength. She's an independent and ambitious female version of Indiana Jones. Her fearlessness and adventurous nature takes her on all kinds of journeys across the globe. She is proficient in many languages and is highly educated. Lara has been created to fulfill the ultimate fantasy character for both men and women. Lara's got it all.

Is your personality similar to Lara Croft in any way?
I certainly hope so! As well as indulging my feminine side, I’m also a tomboy at heart who loves to be challenged in sport and adventure. I always welcome the opportunity to travel and discover new cultures. I also liken myself to Lara with my dry sense of humour, I think we like to give our men a hard time!

Do you play computer games?
One of the first computer games I ever played was Tomb Raider with my sister, and we were addicted to it! Unfortunately I don't get to play as often as I would like these days.

Lara loves to travel, where has your job taken you to in the world?
I have been lucky enough to travel to Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Holland and Czech Republic.

How did you feel when you found out that you had won the role of being the new face of Lara Croft?
It’s probably been the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to me. I pinch myself and I still can’t believe it! I remember the last day of auditions and leaving the Eidos offices with feelings of uncertainty. The competition was high and I knew the final decision would be difficult. I was so anxious when I received the call and almost couldn’t believe what I was hearing when they told me I was going to be the new face of Lara Croft. I'm so glad I made it, I'm so glad to be here!

What do your friends and family think of you as Lara Croft?
Well my dad LOVE'S it and my sisters are envious! I've become strangely popular within my family and friends lately, I wonder why?

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