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Freida Pinto

(Actress, model)

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Freida Pinto was born on 18 October 1984 in Mumbai to a Mangalorean Catholic family. Her mother, Sylvia, is a principal of St John's Universal High School (Goregaon), and her father, Frederick, is a senior branch manager at the Bank of Baroda. Her older sister Sharon is an associate producer for the NDTV news channel. Freida studied at Carmel of St. Joseph School in Malad, Mumbai and completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in English Literature, and minors in Psychology and Economics, from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. She also acted in plays and amateur theater while studying. She later joined Elite Model Management and modeled for two and a half years.

Before starring in Slumdog Millionaire, Pinto anchored the international travel show, Full Circle, between 2006-08. Pinto was also featured in several television and print advertisements. Pinto modeled for four years and appeared in runway shows and magazine covers. Due to her performances she got a call to audition for Slumdog Millionaire.
Pinto made her feature film debut in 2008 in Slumdog Millionaire playing the role of Latika, the girl with whom Jamal (Dev Patel) is in love. The movie received high appraisal and a number of awards. The actress was nominated for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" at the 2009 BAFTA Awards, She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Pinto has joined hands with Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf to support their philanthropic organisation "Agassi Foundation". She is the only Indian actress to have participated in their annual fund raiser titled, "The 15th Grand Slam for Children", that aims at raising funds for education of underprivileged children.

According to The Daily Telegraph, she is currently the highest paid Indian actress (although she does not currently count as a Bollywood star as she has yet to appear in a Bollywood film). On 13 May 2009, Pinto became a new spokesmodel for L'Oréal. Near the end of 2010, Pinto was ranked #6 in TC Candler's list of "Most Beautiful Faces".
Pinto was engaged to her former publicist and boyfriend of two years, Rohan Antao. In January 2009, Pinto called off her engagement to Rohan and started dating her Slumdog Millionaire co-star Dev Patel.

Pinto loves Indian classical dance as well as Salsa.

Filmography

2008 Slumdog Millionaire (Latika)
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Dia), Miral (Miral)
2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Caroline), Immortals (Phaedra)

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