Freida Selena Pinto is an Indian actress who has appeared mainly in American and British films. Pinto was born on 18 October 1984 in Bombay (now Mumbai), into a family of Mangalorean Catholics, a community originating in the former Portuguese colony of Goa.
In 2007, Pinto’s modelling agency selected her and six other models to audition for the female lead in Danny Boyle’s film Slumdog Millionaire (2008) after a request by its casting director.
Although the Indian media has credited Pinto with breaking the stereotypical image of an Indian woman in foreign films, she has been a lesser-known figure in Indian cinema. Along with her film career, she promotes humanitarian causes and is vocal about women’s empowerment.
Before beginning her film career, Pinto was engaged to Rohan Antao, who had been her publicist at one point. She ended the relationship in January 2009 and began dating her Slumdog Millionaire co-star Dev Patel, who is six years her junior. After a six-year relationship, the couple separated amicably in December 2014. After the success of Slumdog Millionaire, Pinto had “no fixed address”, but instead split her time between Mumbai, London, and Los Angeles. In a 2015 interview with USA Today, she stated that she lives in Los Angeles.