born October 18, 1984, Freida Pinto is an Indian actress and professional model born in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She is the daughter of Sylvia, a principal of St. JohnÔs High School, and Frederick a senior branch manager at the Bank of Baroda. Her parents hail from the coastal city of Mangalore.
She is of Mangalorean Catholic descent. Her father is a banker, while her mother is the principal of a High School. Her older sister, Sharon, is a producer with the Indian news channel, NDTV. Between 2006-07, she anchored 'Full Circle', a travel show which was telecast on Zee International Asia Pacific.
She went on assignments to Afghanistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Fiji among other countries. is trained in some forms of Indian classical dance as well as Salsa.
Pinto graduated from St. Xaviers College, Mumbai. She modeled for two years before meeting Danny Boyle and being cast in Slumdog Millionaire.
She also featured in several television and print commercials for products such as Wrigleys Chewing Gum, Skoda, Hutch, Airtel, and De Beers. Ramp shows and magazine covers are also part of her resume. At the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival the movie won the Cadillac Peoples Choice Award.
At the 2009 Golden Globe Award the movie won four awards: Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director - Motion Picture (Danny Boyle), Best Screen Play - Motion Picture (Simon Beaufoy), and Best Original Score - Motion Picture (A. R. Rahman).