Brighton born actress, Lara Heller, is hitting the silver screen and small screen alike. Heller is unique due to her fierce fighting skills. She proves that kicking, shooting and punching is not just for men. The film market has a gap for tough, beautiful, strong women and Lara provides this. She was a professional figure-skater for 13 years, swam competitively for Germany and is an avid surfer. Her reputation as a strong action actress is no surprise.
Heller first came to public attention as the actress in The Cut, which won the Vittorio Veneto Award at the Venice Film Festival. The story is about a father (Tahar Rahim) searching for his twin daughters (Lara Heller). The film was endorsed by Martin Scorsese who was quoted as saying “Fatih Akin’s The Cut is a genuine, hand-made epic, of the type that people just don’t make anymore.”
Ben Hur is the emerging stars most recent credit. The film, directed by Mark Atkins, is a fresh sequel rather than a remake. Retired gladiator Juda Ben Hur (Adrian Bouchet) helps a group of young vigilantes in their quest to remove the Romans from their homeland. Heller comes alive as the rebellious combatant Lucia. Her performance as a gladiator demonstrates she is as dangerous as she is exotic.