Freida Pinto is an Indian actress and model. She was born to a Mangalorean Catholic family in Mumbai. 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. Pinto dreamed of becoming an actress since she was five years old.
She 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, where she also acted in plays and amateur theatre.
She later joined Elite Model Management and modelled for two and a half years. Pinto anchored the international travel show, "Full Circle", on Zee International Asia Pacific in English between 2006-08.
Pinto was also featured in several television and print advertisements for products such as Wrigley's Chewing Gum, Škoda, Vodafone India, Airtel, and DeBeers.
Pinto modelled for four years and appeared in runway shows and magazine covers. She learned acting from The Barry John's Acting Studio in Andheri and was trained by theatre director Barry John.
She starred in the 2008 Academy Award winning film "Slumdog Millionaire", for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. She also co-starred in Woody Allen's comedy-drama film "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger", with Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Anupam Kher and Naomi Watts, which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Pinto has joined hands with Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf to support their philanthropic organisation "Agassi Foundation". She is featured in People magazine's "Most Beautiful People List" and "List of World's Best Dressed Women".
She was also featured in the "Top 99 Most Desirable Women" poll conducted by Askmen.com in 2010'