While Angelina Jolie has been busy giving birth to babies, a 23-year old from Croydon has become the new face of Lara Croft.

Alison Carroll is set to be catapulted from her current job as a receptionist to a world of superstardom as she follows in the footsteps of Jolie and model Nell McAndrew to become the new action heroine.

And she's not just a pretty face.

Carroll is a former gymnastic representative for Great Britain, and has 12 years' experience as a professional display gymnast.

Alison already follows a rigorous training regime, visiting the gym six times per week, and will be well prepared as she embarks on the fast and gruelling training programme required to portray Lara Croft.

Starting immediately she will undertake a series of courses which will include a SAS survival, combat and semi-automatic weapon firing courses in Eastern Europe, and a crash course in world archaeology, to become the world famous, archaeologist and action heroine.

Once completely trained in the ways of video gaming’s leading lady, Alison will be lining up a host of international modelling assignments, starring in TV commercials, appearing on chat shows and is set to travel the globe over the coming months.

Carroll says: "This is a fantastic opportunity and I am really looking forward to embracing Lara’s world."

"I still can’t believe they chose me to take on the role of Lara – and I can’t wait to get stuck in. This is my dream job – 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. It is slightly daunting but I am really excited at the same time."