Stunning Alison Carroll Greets Fans in Germany (August 21)

New face of Lara Croft wows crowd at videogame trade show

Alison Carroll, the new face of the blockbuster Lara Croft videogame series, mingles with fans at the Games Convention trade show in Leipzig, Germany on August 21.

Carroll, a 23-year-old former receptionist and trained gymnast, will now travel the world meeting fans of the hit computer adventures and act out stunts from the new Lara Croft title, Tomb Raider: Underworld.

Some 500 exhibitors from 28 countries showcased their latest products at the Games Convention, a trade show for computer and video games, which runs from August 21-24. Over 200,000 visitors are expected to attend.

The stunning Alison relishes her new gig. "This is my dream job," she says. "I have always wanted to be an action hero and hope to be able to use my gymnastic ability to perform all of Lara's stunts."

To prepare for the role, the athletic Alison underwent survival training, a weapons training course in Eastern Europe and a crash course in archaeology. But Carroll enjoys the rigorous workout regimen. "I train six days a week," says the superfit brunette. I'm very adventurous."

The Tomb Raider video games are a global phenomenon, having sold more than 32 million copies since the first game was released in 1996. They also spawned two blockbuster films starring Oscar winner Angelina Jolie, 33. To date, the two Lara Croft movies starring Jolie (which were released in 2001 and 2003, respectively) have grossed an astounding $432 million worldwide.

The newest Lara Croft game, Tomb Raider: Underworld, comes out Nov. 21.