VOICE OF LARA - JUDITH GIBBINS
person behind the voice of Lara Croft
is Judith Gibbins. Originally from
Derbyshire she had no idea how big
the Tomb Raider series would be. Judith,
36, doesn't have much in common with
her other half, Lara Croft.
has guns and runs people over with
a snowmobile, while Judith drives
a Ford Sierra and her best weapon
is her wit. Judith, of Ilkeston, Derbyshire,
preserves Lara's image by never making
a personal appearance.
following in the US is incredible,"
she said. "People believe she exists.
In Atlanta I did a voice-calibrated
question-and-answer session, with
me sitting behind a screen showing
a digital image of Lara. The most
common questions were 'Will you marry
me?' and 'Can I have a date?'"
had a limited script in the earlier
versions of the game, her biggest
line probably being the phrase most
feared by devotees: "No, that's not
right. Go back to the beginning and
she has much more to say in Tomb Raider
III, which features lengthy dialogue
sequences between each of its 21 levels.
Core Design spokesman, Susie Hamilton
said: "We wanted an upper-class accent
with character, a strong but sweet
voice. Judith's was just right."
her 11-year-old son David attempts
to master Lara's moves on his Playstation,
Judith still has a tough time proving
her Lara link. "She has such a sexy
image that people don't believe me
when I say I'm her," she said. "I
have to say something to convince
them. 'Go back to the beginning and
try again' has become a party-piece."