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Shop worker takes on Lara Croft
Karima Adebibe as Lara Croft
Miss Adebibe worked at Top Shop
A London shop assistant and model is to become the new face of action hero Lara Croft after a worldwide search.

Karima Adebibe, 20, from Bethnal Green, east London, will travel the globe representing the archaeologist for the launch of the next video game.

Ms Adebibe, who worked in Top Shop, will now embark on a gruelling schedule including an SAS survival course.

To portray the 11th generation Countess she will also take courses in etiquette, elocution and archaeology.

The self-confessed tomboy said: "This is an incredible opportunity for me and one which I plan to grasp with both hands.

Seventh game

"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."

Tomb Raider brand controller Matt Gorman said: "Karima has all the assets needed to accurately portray the world's favourite female action hero."

The seventh game in the hit Lara Croft series by computer games maker Eidos will see Lara return to her tomb-raiding roots.

Previous ambassadors for the role include Nell McAndrew, Lucy Clarkson and Rhona Mitra.

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