Lara Croft (Revised)

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Lady Lara Croft
Born February 14th 1968
Surrey's Parkside hospital
Nationality British
Education School:
  • Abbingdon Girls School (Age 3-6)
  • Private Tutoring (Age 9-15)
Occupation Archaeologist
Height 5ft 9inch / 1.75 m
Parents Father:
Lord Richard Croft
Lady Amelia Croft
Game(s) Tomb Raider Legend, Tomb Raider Anniversary, Tomb Raider Underworld
Voice Keeley Hawes

Lady Lara Croft (born 14 February 1968) is a British archaeologist and treasure hunter, most commonly known for her discovery of several noted artefacts, including Excalibur, the fabled sword of King Arthur.


Early Life

Lara Croft was born in Surrey's Parkside hospital and raised in Surrey, England. From age 3 to 6 Lara attended the Abbingdon Girls School.

Lara Croft was born in Surrey's Parkside hospital to Lady Amelia Croft and the notorious archeologist Lord Richard Croft, the late Earl of Abbingdon. Between the ages of three and six, she attended the Abbingdon Girls School, where it quickly became clear that she was an exceptionally gifted child.
Tomb Raider Legend biography Excerpt, Official Website [1]

Plane Crash (Age 9)

At the age of nine, Lara and her mother were in the Crofts' private yet over the Himalayas when lightning struck the engines and caused the plane to crash land. Her mother and Lara were the only survivors at the time. When exploring a nearby temple, Lara inadvertently triggered a mysterious portal, to - as we later find out - the past, by touching a sword. Lara's mother, misunderstanding the person on the other side - Amanda Evert, who was, in the future, talking to Lara - pulled out the sword and vanished to supposedly Avalon. Lara, then alone, walked to Katmandu, to escape the horrors of the plane crash.

At the age of nine she survived a plane crash in the Himalayas that took the life of her mother. In perhaps the first story of her prodigious indomitability, she somehow survived a solo ten-day trek across the Himalayan mountains, one of the most hostile environments on the planet. The story goes that when she arrived in Katmandu she went to the nearest bar and made a polite telephone call to her father asking if it would be convenient for him to come and pick her up.
Tomb Raider Legend biography Excerpt, Official Website

After the loss of her mother, Lara received private tutoring, part of it from her father, who took her on some of his expeditions.

For six years following the plane crash, Lara rarely left her father's side, traveling around the world from one archeological dig site to another. During this period she was ostensibly given a standard education from private tutors, but it would probably be more accurate to say she was her father's full time apprentice.
Tomb Raider Legend biography Excerpt, Official Website

Father's Death

Lara suffered another tragic loss at the age of 15, when her father went missing, presumed dead.

When Lara was fifteen, her father went missing in Cambodia. Extensive searches by the authorities and Lara herself turned up human remains that could not definitively be identified. Since Lord Croft's body was not officially recovered, Lara could not directly inherit the Croft title and Lara was thrust into a bitter family feud over control of the Abbingdon estates with her uncle Lord Errol Croft. Lara eventually won the legal battle, and took possession of her inheritance but at the cost of a deep rift in the Croft family that left her estranged from her living relatives.
Tomb Raider Legend biography Excerpt, Official Website

Vilcabamba and Atlantean Scion

[Tomb Raider Anniversary Story]

Lara Croft is an adventurer, world traveler, and archaeologist who seeks out tombs and relics, fuelled by an obsession to uncover the secrets of the great, ancient civilizations. She is a superb athlete, fluent in a dozen languages, and will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
Tomb Raider Anniversary

Revisiting the Past

[Tomb Raider Legend Story]

The Lost Mother

[Tomb Raider Underworld Story]

Family Background

Portrait of Lara's Parents

Lara Croft is the daughter of Lord Richard James Croft (originally Henshingly Croft), the 10th Earl of Abbingdon and Lady Amelia Croft (née DeMornay). The Croft family was granted their title in 1547 by King Edward VI. Lara's grandfather, who was also named Richard James Croft, was, according to his tombstone, born in 1902 and died in 1965.

Lady Lara Croft is an 11th generation Countess. The Croft family was granted the title and rights to Abbingdon, Surrey by King Edward VI in 1547. The Croft Estates are comprised of three separate manor houses, two of which are maintained by the National Trust, and the third is home to Lady Croft.
Tomb Raider Legend biography Excerpt, Official Website

Friends and Enemies

Her longest friend is Lara's butler Winston Smith who has been serving the Croft family since young age. His family has been in the Croft's employment for generations.

Another of Lara's long time friends is the computer genius Zip.

Another close friend is her research assistant Alister. He was killed by Lara's doppelganger in 2008.


  1. Lara Croft Biography for Tomb Raider Legend, Official Website, copy of text at: [1]