Meet the sexy new Lara Croft (August 11)

A RECEPTIONIST plucked from obscurity to become the real-life Lara Croft already has her first mission - to find herself a man!

Single Alison Carroll, 23, from Croydon was today unveiled as the public face and body of the Tomb Raider cyberbabe after beating hundreds of other girls to the coveted role.

She will now travel the globe meeting fans of the hit computer adventures and acting out stunts from the game.

But Alison told The Sun: "I'm single and having fun, I'm not looking for a long-term relationship as most men can't keep up with me.

"But playing Lara Croft, the sexiest game heroine there is, should get me a few more dates!"

Alison will now don that famously tight costume and follow in the footsteps of models Nell McAndrew and Lucy Clarkson who both shot to fame playing the sexy archaeologist.

The role was previously played by ex-Top Shop worker Karima Adebe.

Alison said: "I felt so good pulling on the costume for the first time. So confident and in control. I really felt like an action heroine."

Tomb Raider games are a phenomenon across the world and have sold more than 32 million copies since the first was released in 1996. They also spawned two blockbuster movies starring Angelina Jolie.

And it seems there was already a bit of Lara in Alison, even before she was formally offered the job.

The stunner - who was working on the front desk of a golf club until last week - revealed she got locked in her flat the day she was meant to meet producers and had to escape out of the window to get to the meeting.

She explained: "I had the meeting arranged for the morning but got locked inside my flat and couldnt get out.

"I am on the first floor and the only way out was over the balcony in true Lara style. All the neighbours came out and Id only lived there two weeks and didnt really know any of them. They were all laughing.

"I chucked my bags over the balcony, over I went, then jumped onto the fence and got down.

"We got to the meeting on time to find out Id got the role!"

Now Alison will be given lessons in archaeology and weapons' handling before she can immerse herself in the part - and face legions of screaming Lara fans at conventions worldwide. She will promote the new Tomb Raider: Underworld title which comes out on November 21.

Undaunted, she said: "I train six days a week. I'm very adventurous.

"But I'm not sure what's more scary, learning to fire guns or a crash course in archaeology.

"Lara is strong, athletic, confident, and obviously very attractive.

"She has everything a man would want from a woman and everything a woman would aspire to be like.

"I'm really looking forward to playing the part."

Alison, a trained gymnast who once performed in front of Prince Charles, added: "It'd be very interesting to perform in front of him again as Lara. Hopefully he'd enjoy it."

Now all excited Alison has to do is face her toughest task telling her golf club bosses she is leaving to become the cult icon.

She said: "I used to have to get up very early and meet and greet people. My bosses don't know yet about Lara. But I think they are going to be very excited.

"Im not going to miss it. Ill now be doing everything I love."