Who is Kunal Nayyar?
Kunal Nayyar is an Indian actor born in England. He is best known for portraying Raj in The Big Bang Theory and was part of the main cast throughout the series’ run.
Hammersmith, London, England
Nayyar married Neha Kapur in 2011. He got a business degree and then a Master of Fine Arts in acting.
Nayyar started his career working in ads in America and plays in England. He got attention thanks to his role in the West Coast production of Huck & Holden in 2006. The same year, he co-wrote the play Cotton Candy that premiered in New Delhi.
In 2004, he had his first film role in S.C.I.E.N.C.E. In 2007, he first appeared on television in an episode of NCIS.
In 2007, he auditioned for and won the role of Raj Koothrappali in The Big Bang Theory. He would remain with the series until it ended in 2019. The Big Bang Theory almost always stayed the top of comedy shows.
In Big Bang Theory, he worked with cast members Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kevin Sussman, John Ross Bowie, Carol Ann Susi, Laura Spencer, Wil Wheaton, Brian George, Christine Baranski, Brian Posehn, Laurie Metcalf and Aarti Mann.
In 2010, he appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as Raj.
In 2012, he lent his voice to Gupta in Ice Age: Continental Drift. He also shot his first film, Dr. Cabbie, that year. In 2014, he was also in The Scribbler.
Between 2013 and 2016, he provided his voice for Vijay in Sanjay and Craig. Between 2013 and 2014, he appeared in Sullivan & Son. In 2015, he was in The Mindy Project.
In 2015, Nayyar was in The Spoils, alongside Jesse Eisenberg. The same year he published a book, Yes, My Accent is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You. The same year, he was in Consumed.
In 2016, Nayyar did voice work for Trolls. He would return for the sequel, Trolls World Tour, in 2020.
In 2019, he was in Sweetness in the Belly.
In 2020, he played a serial killer in Criminal: UK. He also joined the cast of Suspicion, alongside Uma Thurman. He would also appear in Think Like a Dog.
In 2021, he was announced to have been chosen for the role of A.J. Fikry in the upcoming dramedy, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. In addition, he was also cast in Spaceman, an upcoming film release.
The actor has been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory and for a BAFTA for his role in Criminal: UK.
He shares his birthday with Johnny Galecki, his Big Bang Theory co-star, although Galecki is six years older.
The actor grew up in New Delhi, India, where his family moved when he was six years old. He went to the United States to study.
The actor described his distinct accent as half-British and half-Indian.
He feels that his character Raj Koothrappali reflects different aspects of him as an individual.
The actor describes himself as someone with geeky interests, enjoying Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
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