Nayyar on a tour with the rest of The Big Bang Theory cast in 2008
April 30, 1981 |
Hammersmith, London, England
|Alma mater||Temple University,
University of Portland
|Spouse(s)||Neha Kapur (2011–present)|
Kunal Nayyar (/ /; Hindi: कुणाल नय्यर, born April 30, 1981) is a British Indian actor, voice actor and writer. He is perhaps best known for portraying Raj Koothrappali in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
In 1999, Nayyar moved to the US to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business (Finance) from the University of Portland, Oregon. Working on his degree, he started taking acting classes and appeared in several school plays.
After participating in the American College Theater Festival, Nayyar decided to become a professional actor. He then attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he received a Master of Fine Arts in Acting.
After graduating, Nayyar found work doing American television ads and plays on the London stage. He first gained attention in the US for his role in the West Coast production of Rajiv Joseph's 2006 play Huck & Holden, where he portrayed an Indian exchange student anxious to experience American culture before returning home. In 2006, Nayyar teamed up with Arun Das to write the play Cotton Candy, which premiered in New Delhi to positive reviews.
Nayyar's agent heard about a role for a scientist in an upcoming CBS pilot and encouraged him to audition for the part. This led to his casting in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, on which he plays astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali.
As of 2012, he is working on his first movie, Dr. Cabbie, in which he will be opposite famous Indian actress Katrina Kaif's sister, Isabell. He is shooting Dr. Cabbie in Toronto, Canada. Also in 2012, Nayyar became a voice actor, voicing Gupta in Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.
|2012||Ice Age: Continental Drift||Gupta (voice)|
|2007–present||The Big Bang Theory||Raj Koothrappali||Main role|
|2010||The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson||Raj Koothrappali|
|2013–present||Sanjay and Craig||Vijay (voice)||Main role|
|2013||Sullivan & Son||Neal||Episode: "Ladies Night"|
|2006||Huck and Holden||Navin||Dahlia Theater, Los Angeles, United States|
|2006||Love's Labour's Lost||Other Parts||Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom|
|2006||Love's Labour's Lost||Other Parts||Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, Washington, DC, United States|
|2010||CollegeHumor Originals||Kunal||Episode "Porn Tech Support"|
|2006||Garland Award||Best Male Lead in a Play on the West Coast||Won||Huck and Holden|
|2012||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Nominated||The Big Bang Theory|
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- Ahmed, Sana (June 28, 2008). "Going places". The Hindu. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- Successful Actors Talk About Their Training. backstage.com. Retrieved on 2012-11-17.
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- Wyatt, Nelson (July 26, 2011). "'Big Bang Theory' stars say most people can relate to being nerds". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- Dr. Cabbie at the Internet Movie Database
- "The Talk, CBS". Retrieved 3 March 2012.
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