Rhona Mitra

She was born on the 9th of August 1976, to Nora and Anthony Mitra, in Paddington, central London. Her early years were nothing out of the ordinary. However, she did suffer the divorce of her parents in 1984. Later she took the decision to move away from London to a boarding school. She went a little off-the-rails from this point on, until she was expelled from her second boarding school; an all-girls college called Roedean, in East Brighton, around 1989. After returning to London, with no real plans for her future, Rhona hit a rut. During the next few years, she was quite involved in the club scene, meaning lots of partying, and - almost inevitably - drugs. While she doesn't regret it at all, it did have an effect. 4 years further on, she'd achieved precious little, but instead had a different outlook on life, and a determination to succeed. After leaving those days behind her, she took up a 3-year course at drama school, which, for Rhona, lasted around a year - she left feeling she knew enough. Then she set off in pursuit of her acting career. The next few years brought several roles along. She appeared in theatre plays, and later had small parts in UK programmes such as "The Bill" and "The Ghostbusters of East Finchley" in 1995. She also had a part in the UK film "Monk Dawson", filmed in 1996, which wasn't released until mid-1998. Her next role came in the 1997 3-part TV adaptation of Jilly Cooper's book "The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous", as Flora, a mischievous schoolgirl. In the same year, she starred in her first proper film, "A Kid in Aladdin's Palace", playing the young princess Sheherazade. For the following 9 months, Rhona portrayed Tomb Raider character Lara Croft. Her brothers and boyfriend used to comment on how much she looked like Lara, and she was eventually convinced enough to go along and apply for the job, which she got with relative ease. She made appearances at E3 and ECTS, promoting the release of Tomb Raider 2, and even recorded a CD album, "Come Alive", with Dave Stewart of the Eurhythmics. However, Rhona didn't want to just be a model for marketing purposes, she wanted to breathe more life into the Lara role. Eidos didn't like where it was headed, and consequently they dropped Rhona. A trip to Romania followed, to film "Beowulf" with Christopher Lambert, where she played Kyra, a troubled woman with a dark past. The music show "The Pepsi Chart" on the newly formed Channel 5 in the UK was the next stopping point in Rhona's career, where she presented the programme for a while. Soon after leaving, she headed to the USA, to further her acting career. In mid to late 1999 she filmed a small part in "Hollow Man", playing the neighbour of Sebastian, who would befall a truly bizarre attack. Around the same time, Rhona appeared in several episodes of the American teen drama "Party of Five". She played Holly, an English medical student trying to stay over in the US. Heading into 2000, Rhona appeared alongside Sylvester Stallone in the remake of a British film, "Get Carter". Here she played Geraldine, a mixed-up, but ultimately honest woman with no place to turn. Her career has since settled down, playing Dr. Ollie Klein in the medical drama "Gideon's Crossing". This was cancelled in May 2001, leaving the page open for the next chapter of her career...

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