Freida Pinto

Freida Pinto

Born on 18 October 1984, L'Oréal Paris spokesperson Freida Selena Pinto harboured ambitions to be an actress since she was five years old. So much so that she paid her dues first by working as both a model and a TV presenter.

It was her enrolment in a course at Barry John's Acting Studio that helped her on her way, and then she set about developing her future career. She had to endure a number of unsuccessful auditions for film roles, before one fateful call changed her career direction for good. That call was of course, for Slumdog Millionaire, where she famously played Latika, the female lead. That opened the floodgates and since then, she has starred in several movies, including Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger".

Slumdog Millionaire catapulted Freida into superstardom. Shortly after its release, she found herself being included in many "Most Beautiful Women" listings. It was her stunning beauty that got her these awards, something which GQ Magazine readers summed up in 2011 by voting her "Hottest Indian Chick". And all this without ever appearing in a Bollywood film!

Freida has been known to support good causes. For example, she supported the Andre Agassi Foundation's "15th Grand Slam for Children". She followed this up in 2012 by becoming a Global Ambassador for Plan International's "Because I am a Girl" campaign and then went on to back the "Call to Action – Girl Rising" campaign this year where she joined such dignitaries as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

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