She initially started her modelling career as a catalogue and magazine model and also a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like. For a modelling assignment in Germany she was required to shave her head. Back 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 also appeared in The Sun before becoming the official Lara Croft model for the video game Tomb Raider in 1998. She got breast implants in order to feel more like Croft. She revealed in an interview with FHM that her implants make her feel sexier. 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 massively successful career as a glamour model, appearing in FHM, Maxim, and Loaded many times. She has appeared in fitness magazines, including Shape and Personal Trainer. McAndrew has also released many very popular calendars.
McAndrew was also recognised as a Forces Sweetheart, having visited the UK Armed Forces at bases all over the world.
McAndrew 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 shows 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 2004.
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 North East 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 Newcastle Water, including a digital version of herself in their Sewer Raider item on the company website.
Charitable activity Edit
McAndrew has taken part in an eye-catching training session for a charity race in which she wore little more than body paint.  Launching the Cancer Research UK Race for Life 2008, the 34-year-old joined a group of other women in London's Regent's Park, whose training outfits were painted on their bodies.
McAndrew has taken part in a variety of other charity events, including premieres and press launches.
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.