EXCLUSIVE: JONELL ELLIOTT
AS LARA CROFT
Copyright 2002 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ November 13th 2002 ]
Design has secured the vocal talents of some of
today's most explosive actors, including stage
and screen veteran Joss Ackland, for voice-over
roles performing characters from the upcoming
Tomb Raider adventure Lara Croft Tomb Raider:
The Angel Of Darkness. We sensationally reveal
the answer to the question on the lips of Tomb
Raider fans across the globe. Who is the new Lara
Chronicles caught up with experienced voice-over artist
and actress Jonell Elliott and quizzed her on her role
as Britain's most potent female videogame export to
date and confirm her return as the electrically charged
voice of Lara Croft. Check out our exclusive interview
- Exclusive recording images
Jonell. Thank you for taking the time to answers
our questions. Our leading questing is on your
identity which so far has been shrouded in mystery.
Who are you? Have you done voice-over work before?
Have you performed on-screen or on-stage before?
If so, in what productions?
My name is Jonell Elliott and I am an experienced
voice-over artist and actress. My voice-over credits
include commercials for Wella, Oil of Olay, Macdonald's,
Loot, Nescafe, Dover Court, BU Perfume, Daily
Mail, Lloyds bank, Sony, Natwest, Natural plus
and many more. I've been a regular on Disney,
Living and Cartoon Network promos and very popular
on CD-Rom games such as The Island of Doctor Moreau
and City Of The Lost Children.
also voiced a few cartoon series such as Enigma
and Angelina Ballerina for ITV. Visually I was
a regular in Grange Hill (BBC), Family Affairs,
(Channel 5), Second Sight (BBC), and Beer Goggles
which is a film for Channel 4. I've also appeared
in Elvis The Musical in the West End (1996) and
performed at the Edinburgh Festival in A Brief
less than three months, hundreds of thousands
of Tomb Raider fans will be hearing your voice
as Lara Croft. How does that make you feel? Were
you nervous when you first began recording?
Well obviously it's been very exciting and a huge
honour to record the voice of the character Lara
Croft for the game Tomb Raider, over the past
few years. I've voiced Lara on Tomb Raider 4,
5 and 6: The Angel of Darkness, so I'm pretty
comfortable in her skin right now. As for being
nervous I find whenever I'm recording I so thoroughly
enjoy the experience that I find no time to get
you are aware, the Tomb Raider phenomenon is one
of this generations most potent franchises. Why
do you think Lara Croft has captured the imagination
of fans across the world?
I believe that Lara has become such the star she
is today because of the positive image that she
portrays. Obviously the world was ready for a
strong, intellectual female adventurer - especially
a girl with such attitude.
you familiar with the Tomb Raider series before
taking on the role of Lara Croft? If so, what
Tomb Raider games have you played? Did you complete
Of course I was aware of the huge success of Tomb
Raider and on occasion I've tried playing all
the Tomb Raider games except of course The Angel
of Darkness. I'm afraid to say I've never completed
any of them, but just voicing the character of
Lara Croft makes me feel I've experienced lots
of adventures already.
were you initially coached when first recording
for The Angel Of Darkness. What tips did you receive
to portray the Lara Croft character?
I was fortunate enough to have the voice they
were looking for, and of course the first title
I was involved with - The Last Revelation - featured
Lara's 16 year old voice which I was also capable
aspect of recording did you enjoy the most?
Interacting with all other actors who played the
other various roles.
aspect of recording did you find the most difficult?
There wasn't anything in particular that I found
you have a particular favourite Lara Croft catchphrase
There are so many graft scenes and characters
it's too difficult to make a choice, but I just
love her quick wit and sarcasm.
would you like to see your Lara Croft outtakes?
They are all in a secret vault somewhere, never
to be heard!
Question #9 - Do you want to buy them back? :)
Not in my life time!!
this was your first voice-over project, would
you consider doing it again?
As you can see it's not my first job, but I was
delighted to be offered the voice of Lara Croft
and wouldn't hesitate to do it again. It has been
a pleasure working with Core Design, Eidos and
everyone else involved.
you recorded for all three Tomb Raider The Angel
Of Darkness episodes or just the Feb 2003 release?
What do you think of the "epic scale" storyline?
Well as you can imagine I can't give too much
away, needless to say though - I don't think you've
heard the last of me yet!
you've finished recording for Core Design, will
you be available for weddings, Bar mitzvah's or
premium rate telephone work as the character of
Lara Croft? :)
That side of the business is dealt with by my
agent, but all things are considered...
again for your time.