She is among 4 nominees for Lebara People’s Choice Award
7th September 2011: Frieda Pinto, an Indian actress and model best known for her portrayal of Latika in the 2008 Academy Award winning film Slumdog Millionaire, is among the four nominees for Lebara People’s Choice Award.
The other nominees are Amir Khan – World Champion Boxer; Muttiah Muralitharan – Sri Lankan Cricket Legend; and Russell Peters – Stand-up Comedian and Actor.
The connection of the awards with India has been strong since the inception. It was launched and awarded to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in 2010.
Before starring in Slumdog Millionaire, Pinto anchored the international travel show, Full Circle, on Zee International Asia Pacific in English between 2006-08. Pinto was also featured in several television and print advertisements for products such as Wrigley’s Chewing Gum, Škoda, Vodafone India, Airtel, and DeBeers.
Pinto modeled for four years and appeared in runway shows and magazine covers. She learned acting from The Barry John’s Acting Studio in Andheri and was trained by theatre director Barry John. After six months of auditions, she received a call to audition for Slumdog Millionaire. Pinto auditioned for Danny Boyle and was short-listed and finally selected to star in Slumdog Millionaire.
Pinto made her feature film debut in 2008 in Slumdog Millionaire playing the role of Latika, the girl with whom Jamal (Dev Patel) is in love. At the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, the movie won the Cadillac People’s Choice Award.
At the 2009 Golden Globe Awards, the movie won four awards. Pinto herself was nominated for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" at the 2009 BAFTA Awards. She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture alongside other cast members from Slumdog Millionaire.
Pinto is featured in People magazine’s "Most Beautiful People List", and "List of World’s Best Dressed Women". She was also featured in the "Top 99 Most Desirable Women" poll conducted by Askmen.com in 2010.
According to The Daily Telegraph, she is currently the highest paid Indian actress; she does not count as a Bollywood star as she never appeared in a Bollywood film.
She has also been listed in the top ten list of the fashion magazine Vogue’s 2009 annual list of the most stylish women. On 13 May 2009, Pinto became a new spokes-model for L’Oréal. Near the end of 2010, Pinto was ranked #6 in TC Candler’s list of "Most Beautiful Faces".