Freida Pinto

Pinto in 2011, photo by Featureflash /

Birth Name: Freida Selena Pinto

Place of Birth: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

Date of Birth: 18 October, 1984

Ethnicity: Konkani Indian [Mangalorean]

Freida Pinto is an Indian actress and model. She rose to fame as Latika in her debut film, Slumdog Millionaire. She has also had leading roles in the films Miral, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Trishna, Immortals (2011), Desert Dancer, Love Sonia, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, Hillbilly Elegy, and Mr. Malcolm’s List, and television’s Guerilla. She supports humanitarian causes, and has been a global ambasador for Plan International’s Because I am a Girl, and part of non-profit We Do It Together.

Freida is the daughter of Sylvia, principal of St. John’s Universal School in Goregaon, and Frederick Pinto, a senior branch manager for the Bank of Baroda in Bandra, both in West Bombay. She had a middle class upbringing in Malad, North Bombay.

Freida was quoted in an article saying that she is of 100% Indian descent, of Mangalorean Catholic origin. Mangalorean Catholics are also known as Konkani people. Freida’s surname is Portuguese. Many Indians took Portuguese surnames from missionaries who converted them to Christianity.

Freida is married to American photographer Cory Tran, with whom she has a son.



Curious about ethnicity

156 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    She married American photographer Cory Tran, with whom she has a son.

  2. jonasbttencourt says:

    Damn, she’s fine. Must have some distant english or portuguese ancestry from the colonial times, wich really was not so long ago if we put in perspective, and she was born in the early 80s, wich means her parents must have born in what, the late 50s, early 60s? It’s totally possible that she has a white great-grandparent. Her skin is really not the type of light brown that we see in most native indians, indian women don’t usually look like her at all. Something on her nose, lips, and overall facial structure whispers european… I can definitely picture her with lighter skin, hair, and green eyes, for example, and it would not look wierd.

    • ne__a says:

      Indian as in indigenous american or indians from india? As far as indians from India are concerned the entire south west coast has features, complexions, and eyecolours similar to hers. And thats probably around 1/6th of the country.

  3. phaedra says:

    She looks like a more prettier and feminine version of Youtuber Superwoman

  4. crunty says:

    She’s got a tad of Portuguese in her, methinks.

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