Karima Adebibe may not be a household name, but she’ll be familiar to a whole generation of gamers that grew up on a strict diet of Tomb Raider.
Back in 2006, the Moroccan-English actress was handpicked to play Lara Croft at promotional events all over the world.
The London-born star was put through her paces in the role too, learning martial arts and taking up elocution lessons in an attempt to ape the video game heroine.
Adebibe went on to portray Croft over a busy two-year period, appearing on television and radio as the character until 2008.
A talented actress and striking on-screen presence, Karima was a favourite of lads mags throughout her time as Croft and in the years after.
She’s since embarked on a successful acting career that started with a role in Alien vs Predator and has since seen her take on roles in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Leap and the hit Amazon series Vikings.
Adebibe is currently in the midst of her biggest role yet alongside Mark Strong in the Homeland-style series Deep state.
The show follows ex-intelligence agent Max Easton (Strong) as he returns to the world of espionage following the death of his son Harry, played by Game of Thrones’ Joe Dempsie.
The ex-Tomb Raider star plays a femme fatale on the series and a character with some secrets of her own.
Already proving popular, the series has also been confirmed for a second season. Hopefully fans will be seeing a lot more from Adebibe in the future.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.