April 30, 1981 |
|Alma mater||Temple University (MFA),
University of Portland
|Spouse(s)||Neha Kapur (2011–present)|
Kunal Nayyar (/ /; Hindi: कुणाल नय्यर, Punjabi: ਕੁਨਾਲ ਨੈਯ੍ਯਰ, born April 30, 1981) is a British-Indian actor and writer known for his role as Rajesh Koothrappali in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
As of 2015, he is the joint third highest-paid male TV actor.
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 Raj 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, Canada. The film was produced by Bollywood actor Salman Khan.
From May 5, 2015 through June 28, 2015, Nayyar will be acting in an off-Broadway production The Spoils, written by and starring actor Jesse Eisenberg. In this play, which is being performed at The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center, Nayyar plays Kalyan, a Nepalese immigrant studying business and finance at NYU and roommate to the protagonist Ben, played by Eisenberg. 
He published a book about his career journey, Yes, My Accent Is Real in September 2015.
|2012||Ice Age: Continental Drift||Gupta||Voice|
|2015||A Momentary Lapse of Reason||Ashwin Reddy||filming|
|2016||A Bollywood Tale||Santosh||pre-production|
|2007–present||The Big Bang Theory||Dr. Raj Koothrappali||Main role|
|2010||The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson||Raj Koothrappali|
|2013–present||Sanjay and Craig||Vijay (voice)||Main role|
|2013–14||Sullivan & Son||Sanjay/Neal||Episode: "Ladies Night", "Sexual Healing"|
|2015||The Late Late Show||host||February 25, 26, & 27|
|2015||The Mindy Project||Sendhil||Episode: "While I Was Sleeping"|
|2016||Galaxy World of Alisa||Goulbi||British English dub|
|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|
|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|
- Banerjee, Sudeshna (July 7, 2008). "Mr Big Bang". The Telegraph. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- 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.
- "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.
- Wyatt, Nelson (July 26, 2011). "'Big Bang Theory' stars say most people can relate to being nerds". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved October 21, 2011.[dead link]
- Dr. Cabbie at the Internet Movie Database
- Brantley, Ben (June 2, 2015). "'Review: ‘The Spoils’ Stars Jesse Eisenberg as Narcissist". New York Times. Retrieved June 16, 2015.[dead link]
- "The Talk, CBS". Retrieved 3 March 2012.
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