Nell McAndrew was a 20-something model living in London in the late 1990s when her agent told her to grab a dark wig and head to an audition. The growing gaming industry wasn't on McAndrew's radar, but soon she would inhabit the role of a video-game icon: Lara Croft, the heroine of Tomb Raider.
Lara was a 3-D avatar cast from the Indiana Jones mold. McAndrew, suited up and brandishing two pistols, would realize her in the flesh. But unlike Angelina Jolie or Alicia Vikander, the Oscar winner currently playing the adventuring heiress in the latest Tomb Raider adaptation, McAndrew was not hired to bring Lara Croft to life on-screen. Rather, the Brit would wield Lara's signature weapons for Eidos Interactive, appearing at expos and department stores, providing a living, breathing, tour-able counterpart for the digital dream girl.