Nell McAndrew (born Tracey Jane
McAndrew, 6 November 1973, Belle Isle, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England) is
an English glamour model.
McAndrew started her modeling career as a catalogue and magazine model and
as Marilyn Monroe look-a-like. She was required to shave her head for a
modeling assignment in Germany. In the UK she was featured as a Page Three
girl in the Daily Star and with her bald head was hailed as the 21st
century babe. She shot to fame as the official Lara Croft model for the
video game Tomb Raider between 1998 and 1999. McAndrew was immediately
fired from her stint as Croft in 1999 after posing nude for the cover of
Playboy, the first British woman to do so. This was partly due to the fact
Playboy printed references to Lara Croft and Tomb Raider on the cover,
which were quickly removed when Eidos, the maker of the game, threatened
with a lawsuit.
She has since gone on to enjoy a successful career as a glamour model,
appearing in FHM, Maxim, and Loaded many times. She has also appeared in
fitness magazines, including Shape and Personal Trainer. McAndrew has also
released many very popular calendars.
McAndrew, affectionately referred to as a Forces Sweetheart, has visited
the UK Armed Forces at bases all over the world.
She has also had a successful television career, as a presenter on Racing
Rivals, Born to Fight, It's a Knockout and The Big Breakfast; she has also
been a contestant on the reality TV show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of
Here! Celebrities under Pressure, Family Fortunes and Dancing On Ice.
McAndrew released her first fitness video “Peak Energy” in 2002 which
became the number one best seller. It was followed up by “Maximum Impact”
in December 2003 and “Ultimate Challenge, Ultimate Results” in December
McAndrew has supported charities including Breast Cancer Awareness, Help
The Aged, the British Heart Foundation, DebRA, Cancer Research UK, The
Lymphoma Association and SSAFA
In 2003 she was voted the Yorkshire Woman of the Year and in 2005 she won
Rear of the Year.
She has been a part of a number of PR campaigns for Yorkshire Water,
including a digital version of herself in their Sewer Raider item on the
She is currently fronting the advertising campaign for Activia yoghurt and
for 2009 has had her hair cut very short returning to the look at the
start of her modeling career.
In January 2009, Nell helped Benenden Healthcare Society, a mutual
not-for-profit healthcare organisation launch their 'Fresh Start, Get on
Track campaign' including nationwide radio interviews and online webchats.
Running in the 2005 London Marathon, as a charity runner, McAndrew
completed the event in a time that allowed her to start with the elite
athletes in future events. And in the 2007 Marathon, she completed the
course in a slightly more sedate pace with her mother (after having
recently given birth).
For the 2008 Great North Run, she competed with the Fun Runners dressed as
Wonder Woman to help raise funds for charities she supports.
2009 Flora London Marathon: 3:10.20.
She has a brother called Stephen. Her father, Ted, was diagnosed with
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2003; he is currently in remission.
After announcing their engagement in September 2004, she married property
developer Paul Hardcastle twice - first in November 2004 in Huddersfield,
West Yorkshire, England, then again at a marriage blessing in December
2004 in Dubai. McAndrew gave birth to a baby boy called Devon, in Leeds,
on Thursday 24 August 2006 at 1.10 am.
In March 2009 she revealed that she was still breastfeeding her son, even
though he was almost three, and talked about the criticisms she was
getting over it.