"I like healthy-looking guys with good, clean skin. And I like men who have brains but are still very childish. Immature guys." Rhona Mitra
British actress Rhona Mitra was recently recognized for portraying paralegal Tara Wilson (2003-2004) on the drama series "The Practice" and its spin-off, "Boston Legal" (2004). The actress, who debuted with the fantasy adventure A Kid in Aladdin's Palace (1997), later gained wide notice as the original character Lara Croft, from the Eidos Interactive Tomb Raider video game series, before Angelina Jolie replaced her.
Brown-eyed, 5'8 inches tall Mitra has measurements of 34-24-35. She reportedly underwent breast implant surgery to gain a better physical appearance for the fictional character Lara Croft.
Childhood and Family:
"I did a hell of a lot of E's and there was a lot of cocaine too. Sometimes I think I should be dead. It was nasty and sordid." Rhona Mitra
Of English, Indian and Irish descendant, Rhona Mitra, sometimes credited as Rona Mitra, was born on August 9, 1976, in Paddington, London, England. Her parents are Anthony Mitra, a top cosmetic surgeon, and Nora. Rhona's parents divorced in 1984.
Rhona, who was raised Catholic, was enrolled at two all-girls boarding schools (one of which was Roedean all-girls' school in righton, East Sussex). However, her parents' divorce and being a troubled teenager caused her to be expelled. Afterward, she frequented clubs in London and began using drugs. Fortunately, she realized her deep interest in acting and joined a drama school (went one year of the three-year program).
"It's a confusing heritage. I never know if I want to be running across the fields with no clothes on or sitting in the pub drinking Guinness." Rhona Mitra (on her Indo-Irish background).
Rhona Mitra studied the craft of acting for one year, and then began performing on community stages. She eventually landed on television as a guest on the British comedy series "Ghostbusters of East Finchley" in December 1995 and the show "The Big Breakfast" in August 1997.
In 1997 Rhona playing prankish schoolgirl Flora Seymour in the three-part miniseries "The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous" (1997), a film based on the novel by Jilly Cooper. In the next year, Mitra debuted on the silver screen by playing young princess Sheherazade in the kids' fantasy adventure film, A Kid in Aladdin's Palace. Her early appearances included the 1997 TV movie Lust for Glorious and the 1998 films Croupier and Monk Dawson.
Adding to her film work, Mitra was cast to resemble the sexy heroine, character Lara Croft, from the hit popular video game Eidos Interactive Tomb Raider. In order to get the proper image as the true Lara Croft, Mitra underwent breast implant surgery. During her contract, she appeared at E3 and ECTS to promote the release of Tomb Raider 2. She also recorded the CD album, "Come Alive," with Dave Stewart (ex Eurhythmics guitarist). However, Mitra was disappointed when she lost the role of Lara Croft for the movie version (replaced by Angelina Jolie).
Mitra continued acting and was seen as Kyra, a troubled woman with a dark past, in Beowulf (1999, alongside Christopher Lambert), in the small part of Sebastian's neighbor in Hollow Man (2000) and as Geraldine, a mixed-up honest woman, in the remake Get Carter (2000, with Sylvester Stallone). She later received wide attention in America for portraying the regular role of Holly Beggins (1999-2000), a British medical student and Bailey's (Scott Wolf) love interest, on the Fox's popular teen drama series "Party of Five."
After starring as Dr. Ollie Klein in the ABC medical drama series "Gideon's Crossing" (2000), Mitra returned to England to star with comedian Ali G in Ali G Indahouse (2002). Back in Hollywood, she was cast as Tabatha Wadmore-Smith in the hit romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama (2002, starring Reese Witherspoon) and appeared in such 2003 films as the thriller Highwaymen (starring James Caviezel), The Life of David Gale (starring Kevin Spacey) and Stuck On You.
More recent, Mitra appeared on the small screen. She nabbed the regular role of Tara Wilson (2003-2004), a third-year law student and the firm's new tough assistant, in the hit series "The Practice" (1997) and its spin off, "Boston Legal" (2004). While working on the series, she was also seen in the made-for-TV film Spartacus (2004) and guest starred on the shows "Last Call with Carson Daly" and "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (both in March 2005).