Kunal Nayyar (pron.: /kʊˌnɑːl ˈnaɪər/; born April 30, 1981) is a Hindu British Indian actor best known for his role as Rajesh Koothrappali on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory and Gupta in Ice Age: Continental Drift.
Early life 
Nayyar was born in London, England, and raised in New Delhi, India. He attended St Columba's School in New Delhi, where he played badminton for the school team. In 1999 he moved to the US to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business (Finance) from the University of Portland. Working on his degree, he started taking acting classes and appeared in several school plays. After participating in the American College Theater Festival, he decided to become a professional actor. He then attended Temple University, 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 made a guest appearance in the CBS drama NCIS in the episode "Suspicion" (season 4, episode 12), in which he played Youssef Zidan, an Iraqi terrorist. His 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.
In 2011 he co-hosted the Tribute to Nerds show with co-star Simon Helberg at the Just for Laughs comedy festival. As of 2012 , he is currently working on his first movie , Dr . Cabbie , in which he will be opposite to famous indian actress Katrina Kaif's sister , Isabell.He is shooting for Dr.Cabbie in Toronto , Canada.
Personal life 
Nayyar married Miss India 2006 winner Neha Kapur in December 2011.
||Huck and Holden
||Dahlia Theater, Los Angeles
||Loves Labours Lost
||Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom
Web television 
- ^ Kapoor, Kritika (June 25, 2010). "I’d rather do social movies: Kunal Nayyar". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- ^ 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.
- ^ a b "Making it as a nerd". Rediff. November 19, 2007. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- ^ Sahgal, Natasha (September 16, 2009). "Geek God". Indian Express. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- ^ Chander, Romesh (June 16, 2006). "Staging the fluff of dreams". The Hindu. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- ^ Banerjee, Sudeshna (July 7, 2008). "Mr Big Bang". The Telegraph. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- ^ Wyatt, Nelson (July 26, 2011). "'Big Bang Theory' stars say most people can relate to being nerds". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- ^ "The Talk, CBS". Retrieved 3 March 2012.
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