Lara Belmont was born in Oxford and was spotted while shopping in Portobello Road. Her first successful film role was as Jessie, an abused daughter, in 'War Zone' (1999), which won her critical acclaim - Best Newcomer Award from the British Independent Film Awards and was nominated Best Actress.

In 2002 she played Stella in the horror 'Long Time Dead' and Hayley in the drama 'Ashes and Sand' starring Nick Moran. She was Sophie, in the easy viewing comedy 'Oh Marbella!' starring Rik Mayall, Mike Reid and Tom Bell.

Lara Belmont has also starred in many television programmes such as 'Henry VIII' as Mary Tudor, 'Crime and Punishment' as Sonia Marmeladova, the thriller 'The Swap' and the historical film 'The Plot to Kill Hitler'. In 2002, Lara was nominated for the Most Promising Actress award at the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.