Freida Pinto didn't think she'd ever star in period drama

Freida Pinto "never thought it was possible" for her to star in a period drama.

The 37-year-old actress stars in 'Mr Malcolm's List' as Selina Dalton, a young woman in 1800s England who helps her friend to get revenge on a suitor when she fails to meet his requirements for a potential bride and she attributes the success of Netflix's 'Bridgerton' to allow people to "broaden their minds" to diversity in casting.

Speaking about the film - which she first saw a script for four years ago - she said: “I thought, ‘You don’t see brown people falling in love in period movies – what’s the catch?’

“I’ve always dreamed of being a part of a project like this, but I never thought it was actually going to be possible in my lifetime, or even next…. [but then] 'Bridgerton' came along and immediately gave people almost permission to broaden their minds.”

The movie is influenced by more modern romantic films, including Freida's favourite movie, 'Notting Hill'.