Karima Adebibe

Karima Adebibe
Karima Adebibe in Poland Warsaw 3rd June 2006.jpg
Adebibe as Lara Croft in Warsaw, Poland, 3 June 2006.
Born (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 35)
Other names Karima McAdams
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2004–present
Modelling information
Height 5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)
Hair colour Dark brown
Eye colour Green

Karima Adebibe (also known as Karima McAdams; born 14 February 1985) is an English actress and fashion model.

Life and career

Adebibe was born in Bethnal Green, in Tower Hamlets, London, England but grew up in Tangier before moving back to the UK. Adebibe is of Irish, Greek Cypriot and Moroccan origins.[1][2]

Formerly a secretary, she was selected on 14 February 2006 (both her birthday and that of Lara Croft) to be the seventh model for Lara Croft in the popular video game series Tomb Raider.[3] The role involved promoting the game series "in-character" on television and radio, so Adebibe underwent training in Lara Croft's trademark skills, from martial arts to elocution.[4] She retired from the role of Lara Croft in 2008.

Adebibe was featured in "The HOT List" in a March 2006 issue of Zoo.[5]

She had previously had a small role as a sacrificial maiden in the 2004 film Alien vs. Predator.[6] She appeared in the film Frontier Blues in 2009.



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Alien vs. Predator Sacrificial maiden
2009 Frontier Blues Ana
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Sush Club Maitre
2015 The Leap Freehaven hostess Short


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Vikings Kassia 2 episodes (as Karima McAdams)
2017 Fearless Miriam Attar 6 episodes (as Karima McAdams)
2018-present Deep State Leyla Toumi 16 episodes (as Karima McAdams)


  1. ^ Poole, Dan (28 August 2006). "Karima Adebibe: The latest Lara Croft". The Independent. Archived from the original on 26 May 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2007.
  2. ^ Adebibe, Karima (23 April 2006). "Karima Adebibe". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
  3. ^ Semel, Paul (28 February 2006). "Raiding Her Tombs: A conversation with the new Lara Croft (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved 22 September 2006.
  4. ^ Elliot, Phil (15 April 2006). "Being Lara Croft". BBC News. Retrieved 20 April 2009.
  5. ^ "The HOT List: #9 - Lara Croft vs Eamonn Holmes". Zoo, Issue 111 (31 March – 6 April 2006), p. 43
  6. ^ "Karima Adebibe". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 20 April 2009.

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Preceded by
Jill de Jong
Lara Croft model
Succeeded by
Alison Carroll