Actress & Activist
After becoming a fixture on the big screen with the critically and commercially acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire, Freida Pinto quickly became an international film star and household name. She garnered international attention for her debut film role as 'Latika' in Slumdog Millionaire and was nominated for “Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture” for her role at the 2009 BAFTA Awards and won the SAG award for best cast in an ensemble.
The film itself won 8 Academy Awards including “Best Motion Picture” and had another 100 wins and 51 nominations. Pinto can currently be seen opposite Idris Elba in John Ridley’s series Guerrilla. The six-episode series focuses on a politically active couple who set out to change the world in 1970s London, airing on Showtime and Sky UK.
Most recently, Pinto was seen in Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer and Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups. Additionally, she was in the Netflix adaptation of Jungle Book, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle directed by Andy Serkis, as well as the independent feature Love Sonia, that exposes the world of global human trafficking, which premiered in 2018.
In 2013, Pinto participated in the documentary Girl Rising which tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face various heartbreaking injustices. She continues to support the rights of young women through the organization The Girl Rising and Plan international. Pinto recently partnered with Copia, an organization that targets food waste, to recover excess foods from big entertainment industry events and redistribute to those in need. In 2016 during the Oscar Weekend, Copia and Pinto were able to gather enough leftovers to feed over 1,100 people in the Los Angeles area.
Before hitting the big screen, Pinto made her mark anchoring Full Circle a travel show which was telecast on Zee International Asia Pacific. She went on assignments to Afghanistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Fiji among other countries.