She won the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and was nominated for various awards at the British Academy Film Awards, the MTV Movie Awards and the Teen Choice Awards.
She has appeared in several American and British productions, often playing supporting roles.
Pinto later claimed that it was a good learning experience, stating that she was "glad things happened the way they happened.
So for me, my favorite acting school was the six months of auditioning with Danny Boyle".
Pinto's performance in the film drew little attention from critics as her screen presence in the film was limited.
Her biggest commercial success came with the 2011 science fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Pinto received major attention for portraying the title character in Michael Winterbottom's Trishna (2011).