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[ August 8th 2000 ]

The 75-year-old star - best known as a ladies man in the Carry On and Doctor comedies - will play a treacherous ex-friend of the father of movie heroine Lara Croft. His character, Wilson, will join forces with villain Powell in the battle of wits against Croft, played by Oscar winner Angelina Jolie. A spokesman for Phillips said: "Leslie has been cast in Tomb Raider and he's just started filming it this week at Pinewood. It's fantastic news, and he's delighted. He's an icon and he's doing a lot of very, very good work at the moment."

Phillips's part in Tomb Raider is that of a one-time admirer of Lara Croft's father, Lord Croft, who has turned against him and teamed up with evil mastermind Powell. The role of Powell is being played by Scottish actor Iain Glen, who is currently appearing in the BBC1 comedy-drama Glasgow Kiss. Glen found fame by appearing naked with Hollywood star Nicole Kidman in Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes's The Blue Room on the London stage.

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