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The British Academy Film Awards (TV) Feb. 8, 2009
Skins (TV) Dec. 21, 2008
Slumdog Millionaire (FILM) Nov. 12, 2008
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Prior to 2007, Dev Patel was just another London teenager, albeit one with a passion for acting and tae kwon-do. But after landing a role on the controversial television series “Skins” (E4, 2007- ), he caught the….
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Prior to 2007, Dev Patel was just another London teenager, albeit one with a passion for acting and tae kwon-do. But after landing a role on the controversial television series “Skins” (E4, 2007- ), he caught the attention of director Danny Boyle, who was desperate for a non-traditional leading man of Indian descent for his new film. The picture, “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), was a charming comedy-drama about a young resident of the Mumbai slums who earns a shot at improving his life via the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” Patel’s endearing performance helped to make the film a hit with festival audiences around the world; it also signaled the emergence of a comic talent whose full screen potential had yet to be tapped.

Born in Harrow, a suburb of London, England in April of 1990, Patel began training in tae kwon do at the age of 10, and worked steadily towards achieving a black belt in the discipline. According to the web site for Rayners Lane Academy – the school where he received his martial arts training – Patel netted an impressive collection of trophies and medals in both national and international competitions, including a World Championship title. Tae kwon do appeared to consume much of Patel’s interest until his mid-teens, when he began to explore acting. He landed his first job on the teen-oriented comedy-drama “Skins.” Aggressively promoted by its network as an answer to such adult-themed American series as “Gossip Girl” (The CW, 2007- ), the series focused on the lives of several Bristol teens as they navigate the difficult transition between adolescence and adulthood. Patel’s character, Anwar, was a Muslim from a strict family who rebelled against them by indulging whole-heartedly in alcohol, drugs and casual sex. After attempting to form a relationship with a somewhat unstable young woman, he abandons his studies to move to London in order to seek his fortune on his own terms. A sizable hit with younger audiences, as well as a hot button issue with parents due to its content, “Skins” received a nomination for Best Drama Series from BAFTA in 2008.

While working on “Skins,” Patel was brought to the attention of director Danny Boyle, who was struggling to find a young Indian actor to play the lead in his new film. Based on a real-life event and penned by Simon Beaufoy (“The Full Monty,” 1997), “Slumdog Millionaire” told the story of an illiterate teen from the slums of Mumbai who lands a chance to compete on the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” despite adversity from nearly every angle. Boyle had originally hoped to cast an Indian national in the lead, but found most of the leading men there to be near-perfect physical specimens and completely inappropriate for the role. He eventually found his leading man in Patel after his 15-year-old daughter showed him an episode of “Skins.”

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Everyone wants to know ugly truths. And when these stories are about an up and coming star who’s making waves in Hollywood, hell yeah! After Slumdog Millionaire, Freida Pinto reportedly dumped her boyfriend for a glitzy career abroad. Needless to say the gory details about her past life made for juicy headlines in Mumbai and Hollywood
Freida Pinto Biography
Freida Pinto was a model until Slumdog Millionaire and her role as Latika had her off the ramp and on the red carpet at the Golden Globes Awards ceremony.
Basics on Freida
Freida was born on the 18th October 1984 in Mumbai to Frederick Pinto, a senior bank manager at the Bank of Baroda and Sylvia Pinto, the principal of St. John’s School. She has an older sister Sharon Pinto who works at the NDTV News Channel as an associate producer. She is a Mangalorean Catholic.
Freida completed her graduation from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. She modeled for two years. She was an anchor on the Full Circle, a travel show on Zee International Asia Pacific around 2006 to 2007.
She is a trained dancer in Salsa as well as Indian Classical dance forms.
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Awards and honours Won :
* 2009: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Slumdog Millionaire
Nominated Awards :
* 2008: Black Reel Awards of 2008 – Best Ensemble for Slumdog Millionaire
* 2009: 62nd BAFTA Awards – Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Slumdog Millionaire
Pinto with Dev Patel at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival
Year Film Role Language Notes
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Latika English Slumdog Crorepati in Hindi
Naanum Kodieswaran in Tamil
Murikiwada Koteswarudu in Telugu
2010 Miral French/Hebrew/English
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Freida Pinto’s Movies
Danny Boyle cast her in the international hit Slumdog Millionaire and her role as Latika earned her a nomination for the Best Supporting Actress at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards.