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By: Denise Sinclair
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Graceful like a willow and extremely beautiful, actress Freida Pinto is making her mark in Hollywood.

Brains as well as beauty, Pinto by name and pint-sized in stature, actress Freida Pinto holds a Bachelors of Arts (BA) with a major in English Literature, and minors in Psychology and Economics from St, Xavier College in Mumbai, India. It was whilst at college that Freida took up acting classes at The Barry John's Acting Studio in Andheri, where she trained with theatre director Barry John.

Stunningly beautiful and graceful, this 26-year-old Asian actress packs a real punch when it comes to acquiring her fair share of acting roles in Hollywood. Frieda Pinto’s rise in the world of entertainment started when she was first signed up by Elite Modelling Agency in India. Just barely two years working the circuit as a successful model on fashion and TV commercials, her big break came when she was discovered by Dan Boyle, the director of the moving biopic Slum Dog Millionaire, to play the lead role of Latika. This was where she met her current partner Dev Patel who also starred in the movie — they definitely make a cute couple.

She has gone on to co- star in other successful films such as eccentric Director Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger with Sir Anthony Hopkins and Josh Brolin, and Miral, directed by Julian Schnabel. Currently filming for the hotly anticipated Rise of the Apes (as Caroline) and Immortals (as Phadera), her star is on the rise.

Freida's parents are from Mangalore, a coastal town in southern India. Her father is a successful banker, while her mother is the principal of a high school. Her sister, Sharon, is a producer with the Indian news channel, NDTV.

Pinto is an inspiration to brave and creative women of colour world over. Frieda, we congratulate you! A personal quote of hers that sums up the drive and ambition that propels this mini dynamo to greatness is: “This industry is for fighters and those who do not give up! It is very important to believe in yourself. Even when a hundred people rejected me, I did not lose hope and finally one of the biggest directors of all times (Danny Boyle) believed in me! (Slum Dog Millionaire) has taught me a lot, not just in terms of acting but also about myself, which is an integral part of being a good actor!” Keep on shaking what yah mama gave you, FP!


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