Kunal Nayyar is an Indian-British actor who has worked in film, television, and theatre. He is best known for his role as “Rajesh Koothrappali” in CBS’s hit situational comedy “The Big Bang Theory.” He began taking acting training and performing in school plays when he was in college.
He worked in a few American commercial campaigns after graduation before starring in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2006 production of ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. In 2007, Nayyar made his television debut in an uncredited role on CBS’s ‘NCIS.’
In the same year, he was cast in the sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ as ‘Rajesh Koothrappali,’ a geeky astrophysicist with selective mutism disorder.’ He went on to host reality shows and star in major Hollywood films after that. Because of the success of ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ he was included among the world’s highest-paid television performers in 2015 and 2018.
Is Kunal Nayyar From Kerala?
Nayyar was brought into the world on 30 April 1981 in Hammersmith, London to a group of Indian workers. At the point when he was 4 years of age, his family got back to India, and he experienced childhood in New Delhi. He went to St. Columba’s School, where he played badminton for the school group. His parents live in New Delhi.
Kunal Nayyar Career
Kunal Nayyar played the ‘Pizza Man’ in Jordan Noce’s film ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E.’ in 2004, while still in school. He spent the year 2006 after finishing his education doing American television commercials and performing on stage in America, England, and India.
In the West Coast production of Rajiv Joseph’s play ‘Huck Holden,’ he won the ‘Garland Award’ for ‘Best Male Lead in a Play on the West Coast,’ for his portrayal of ‘Navin,’ an Indian exchange student eager to explore American society.’
He made his television debut in 2007 in the action police procedural series ‘NCIS,’ when he played ‘Youssef Zidan,’ an Iraqi terrorist, in a season four episode titled ‘Suspicion.’
In 2011, Nayyar co-hosted the ‘Tribute to the Nerds’ program at the comedy festival ‘Just for Laughs,’ alongside Helberg. In 2012, he made his animation debut as ‘Gupta’ in Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier’s ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift.’ He played ‘Vijay’ in Nickelodeon’s ‘Sanjay and Craig’ from 2013 to 2016.
In 2015, he appeared as a guest host on CBS’s “The Late Late Show.” He subsequently went on to voice ‘Guy Diamond’ in DreamWorks’ animated picture ‘Trolls,’ which was released in 2016. In the TV special ‘Trolls Holiday,’ he reprised his role as ‘Guy Diamond’ (2017).
Kunal Nayyar Personal Life
Kunal Nayyar was born in Hounslow, London, England, to parents Rakesh and Heita Nayyar on April 30, 1981. He moved to New Delhi, India, at a young age and later attended ‘St. Columba’s School.’ During his youth, he loved to play badminton. Nayyar moved to the United States in 1999 to study finance at the ‘University of Portland.’ He fell in love with acting around this time. He took acting classes and appeared in several school productions.
He decided to become a professional actor after participating in the ‘American College Theater Festival.’ He studied at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s ‘Temple University,’ where he eventually got a Master of Fine Arts in acting.
In 2008, Nayyar met Neha Kapur, the 2006 Femina Miss India Universe, in a New Delhi pub. Despite his fear of her height (she is 5’9 and he is 5’7), he invited her to sit and got her a drink. It didn’t take long for the couple to fall in love with each other after that. They married in a traditional Hindu wedding that lasted six days on December 22, 2011, in their hometown. The pair currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with his parents in New Delhi.
On September 15, 2015, he released his memoir ‘Yes, My Accent Is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You’ through ‘Atria Books.’ It is not a memoir—he is neither a president, an astronaut, or a Kardashian to publish one—but rather a compilation of stories from his life, as he playfully states in the book.
Kunal Nayyar Net Worth
Kunal Nayyar is an Indian actor who was born in the United Kingdom and has a net worth of $45 million. He is best known for his role as Rajesh Koothrappali on CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” from 2007 to 2019. He was paid $800,000 per episode, or $18 million per season, at his height, making him one of the highest-paid performers in the world.
He made $20 million or more in some of the show’s final seasons. Nayyar is also a published author, with “Yes, My Accent is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You” published in 2015. He also co-wrote the critically acclaimed play “Cotton Candy,” which premiered in New Delhi, India.