Kunal Nayyar Biography, Age, Height, Weight, Early Life, Career, Affairs, Net worth & MorePosted By: Naveed Khan | September 13, 2018
Kunal Nayyar Biography:
Kunal Nayyar is a famous British-Indian theatre, television and film actor. He is well recognized and best known for his role of Rajesh Koothrappali in the internationally successful CBS situational comedy named “The Big Bang Theory.” When he was in college, he started taking acting lessons and also played roles in various school plays. After taking the degree of graduation, he appeared in some of the American advertisements. In the year 2006, he performed in the production of Royal Shakespeare Company named “Love Labour’s Lost” in Stratford-upon-Avon in the United States. Then he first time appeared on the small screen in CBS’ NCIS in the year 2007. Again in 2007, he appeared in his breakthrough named “The Big Bang Theory.”
In this sitcom, he performed the role of the geeky astrophysicist with selective mutism disorder named Rajesh Koothrappali. After that, he went on and started hosting reality shows and appeared in many Hollywood productions. In the year 2015, Forbes magazine ranked him third in the list of World’s highest paid television actors with income of almost $20 million after the success of “The Big Bang Theory.” This article will provide you with a lot of information about this talented actor. If you are a fan of him then just read this article to know everything about him.
Kunal Nayyar Childhood and Early Life:
Kunal Nayyar was born on 30th April 1981 AD in Hounslow, London, United Kingdom. His father’s name is Rakesh Nayyar, and his mother’s name is Heita Nayyar. In early childhood, his family moved to New Delhi, India and took admission in the St Columba’s School. In his young age, he was fond of playing badminton.
For further studies of finance, he went to the United States at the University of Portland. It was the time when he developed an interest in acting and started taking acting classes and performed in several school plays. He took part in the American College Theatre Festival and decided to become a professional actor. Then he was enrolled at the Temple University in Philadelphia located in Pennsylvania. He completed the Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the Temple University.
Kunal Nayyar Career:
Kunal Nayyar started his career while he was studying in the year 2004 with his appearance as a Pizza Man in the movie named “S.C.I.E.N.C.E.” by Jordan Noce. When he finished his education in the year 2006, he started doing American television advertisements and along with performing on stage in India, England, and America. He portrayed the character of Navin in the West Coast production of Rajiv Joseph’s play named “Huck Holden.” This role brought for him the Garland Award for the Best Male Lead in a Play on the West Coast.
After that, he performed in both American and English productions of “Love Labour’s Lost” by Shakespeare Theatre Company and Royal Shakespeare Company respectively. He appeared for the first time on small screen in the year 2007 in the 12th episode named “Suspicion” from the fourth season of the action police series named “NCIS” and portrayed the role of Iraqi terrorist named “Youssef Zidan.”
After that, Nayyar’s breakthrough came in the form of “The Big Bang Theory” in which he portrayed the role of Rajesh Koothrappaliand. This was a big hit in the industry. He got a lot of name, fame, and popularity due to this role. His role was greatly acclaimed by the audience and the critics as well. There is also an interesting story behind the casting of this role. This character was not the part of CBS show. However, after the good reception of two funny roles in the show, the producers decided to add two more funny characters to it. Out of the new two characters, Rajesh Koothrappaliand was the one that was played by Kunal Nayyar.
In the year 2011, Kunal Nayyar co-hosted the show named “Tribute to the Nerds” at the comedy festival called “Just for Laughs.” In the year 2012, he lends his voice to the character of Gupta in “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” an animated project by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier. He also lends his voice to the character of Vijay in another project called “Sanjay and Craig” between 2013 and 2016.
In the year 2014, Kunal appeared in two movies including the suspense thriller named “The Scribbler” and the romantic comedy named “Dr. Cabbie”. In 2015, he portrayed the character of Kalyan that was a Nepalese student and also the hero’s roommate in off-Broadway production’s play “The Spoils” by Jesse Eisenberg. In the year 2016, this play also performed on London’s West End. After that, in the year 2015, he guest-hosted CBS’ “The Late Late Show.” Then again he lends his voice for the character of Guy Diamond in an animated film named “Trolls” by Dream Works in the year 2016. In the year 2017, he is providing his voice for the character of Aziz in “Cars 3” by Disney Pixar.
Major Works of Kunal Nayyar:
Following are some best works by Kunal Nayyar, and all these are worth seeing:
1. The Big Bang Theory
2. Huck Holden
3. Love’s Labour’s Lost
4. The Scribbler
5. Dr. Cabbie
6. The Spoils
7. Suspicion in the series NCIS
Awards and Achievements of Kunal Nayyar:
Throughout his career, he nominates many times for the prestigious awards. He won the following award:
- Garland Award for the Best Male Lead in a Play on the West Coast
Kunal Nayyar Personal Life:
Kunal Nayyar first time met his future wife Neha Kapur in the year 2008 at a bar in New Delhi. He attracted by her height that is almost 5’ 10” while Kunal is 5’ 8”. In the bar, Kunal asked her to sit down and bought her a drink. Neha Kapur also won the title of Femina Miss India Universe in 2006. However, the couple fell in love soon after the incident of the bar. He married on 22nd December 2011 in a traditional Hindu ceremony that lasted for six days in their hometown. Nowadays, the couple lives in Los Angeles, California whereas his parents still live in New Delhi.
He wrote a memoir and named it as “Yes, My Accent Is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You.” This published on 15th September 2015 through Atria Books. This book is a collection of stories from his life.
Kunal Nayyar Net Worth:
Kunal Nayyar has an estimated net worth of almost $45 million (estimated on 25th Sep. 2017).