Freida Selena Pinto (born October 18, 1984) is an Indian actress and model.
Pinto was born in Mumbai and aspired towards acting from a young age. As a student at the St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, she took part in amateur plays. After graduation, she worked as a model for four years and then briefly as a television presenter.
Pinto rose to prominence as the leading lady in the 2008 British drama film Slumdog Millionaire. This was her first appearance in a film. Her performance was well received from critics and she won the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. She was also nominated for various awards at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), MTV Movie Awards, and Teen Choice Awards. Pinto has subsequently appeared in a number of British and American productions including You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Immortals (2011), and Trishna (2011).
Pinto is credited with breaking the stereotypical image of an Indian woman in foreign films, although she has been criticised by the Indian media for not acting in Indian films. Alongside her acting career, she is a part of the Agassi Foundation, a philanthropic organisation that provides education for deprived children. Her humanitarian causes include duties as a global ambassador of Because I Am a Girl, a campaign aimed at promoting gender equality.