Nayyar in February 2017.
30 April 1981
Hounslow, London, England, UK
|Alma mater||Temple University
University of Portland
|Spouse(s)||Neha Kapur (m. 2011)|
Nayyar was born in Hounslow, London to a Punjabi family and was brought up in New Delhi, India. He attended St Columba's School in New Delhi, where he played badminton for the school team. His parents live in New Delhi.
In 1999, Nayyar moved to the United States to pursue a Bachelor of Science in 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, where he plays astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali.
In 2012, Nayyar voiced Gupta in Ice Age: Continental Drift. That same year, he completed the shooting of his first film, Dr. Cabbie, in Toronto. The film was produced by Bollywood actor Salman Khan.
From 5 May to 29 June 2015, Nayyar performed in an off-Broadway production, The Spoils, written by and starring actor Jesse Eisenberg. Nayyar played Kalyan, a Nepalese student and roommate of the protagonist Ben, played by Eisenberg. The production transferred to London's West End in 2016.
In September 2015, Nayyar published a book about his career journey, Yes, My Accent is Real.
|2012||Ice Age: Continental Drift||Gupta (voice)||Animated film debut|
|2014||The Scribbler||Karem||Independent film debut|
|2014||Dr. Cabbie||Tony||Feature film debut|
|2016||Trolls||Guy Diamond (voice)|
|2017||Cars 3||Aziz (voice)|
|2007–present||The Big Bang Theory||Rajesh Koothrappali||Main role|
|2010||The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson||Rajesh Koothrappali|
|2013–2016||Sanjay and Craig||Vijay (voice)||Main role|
|2013–14||Sullivan & Son||Sanjay/Neal||Episode: "Ladies Night", "Sexual Healing"|
|2015||The Late Late Show||host||25-27 February|
|2015||The Mindy Project||Sendhil||Episode: "While I Was Sleeping"|
|2016||Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade||Gupta (cameo/flashback)||TV special|
|2006||Huck and Holden||Navin||Dahlia Theater, Los Angeles, United States|
|Love's Labour's Lost||Other Parts||Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom|
|Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, Washington, DC, United States|
|2015||The Spoils||Kalyan||The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center, New York, United States|
|2016||The Spoils||Kalyan||Trafalgar Studios, London|
|2006||Garland Award||Best Male Lead in a Play on the West Coast||Huck and Holden||Won|
|2012||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||The Big Bang Theory||Nominated|
- "The World's Highest-Paid TV Actors".
- Banerjee, Sudeshna (7 July 2008). "Mr Big Bang". The Telegraph. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- Nayyar, Kunal (2015). Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You. Atria Books. ISBN 978-1476761824.
- Kapoor, Kritika (25 June 2010). "I'd rather do social movies: Kunal Nayyar". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- Ahmed, Sana (28 June 2008). "Going places". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- Successful Actors Talk About Their Training. backstage.com. Retrieved on 2012-11-17.
- "Making it as a nerd". Rediff. 19 November 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- Sahgal, Natasha (16 September 2009). "Geek God". Indian Express. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- Chander, Romesh (16 June 2006). "Staging the fluff of dreams". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- D'Arminio, Aubry (29 March 2016). "7 NCIS Guests Who Went on to Become Stars (PHOTOS)". tvinsider.com. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
- Wyatt, Nelson (26 July 2011). "'Big Bang Theory' stars say most people can relate to being nerds". Winnipeg Free Press. Archived from the original on 14 September 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- Dr. Cabbie at the Internet Movie Database
- Brantley, Ben (2 June 2015). "'Review: 'The Spoils' Stars Jesse Eisenberg as Narcissist". New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
- "The Talk, CBS". Retrieved 3 March 2012.
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