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Kunal Nayyar

Biography

Indian actor of English origin who’s most widely known as Rajesh Koothrappali within the hit CBS series, THE BEST Bang Theory. He’s also the tone of voice of Vijay on Sanjay and Craig. He began performing in college theatre productions while learning Finance in the University or college of Portland. He previously his first tone of voice acting role within the cartoon film, Ice Age group: Continental Drift (2012). He wedded previous Miss India champion Neha Kapur in Dec 2011. He offers made five visitor appearances within the Late Display with Craig Ferguson.

Quick Facts


Full Name Kunal Nayyar
Date Of Birth April 30, 1981
Place Of Birth London, England
Height 1.71 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Temple University, University of Portland
Nationality Indian, British
Spouse Neha Kapur
Parents Heita Nayyar, Rakesh Nayyar
Nominations Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Chemistry, People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Bromance, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Humor
Movies Trolls, Consumed, Dr. Cabbie, The Scribbler, Beyond All Boundaries, Ice Age: Continental Drift
TV Shows Sanjay and Craig, The Big Bang Theory
Star Sign Taurus

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#Fact
1 Is exactly 6 years to the day younger than his The Big Bang Theory (2007) co-star Johnny Galecki.
2 Although he was born in England, he grew up in New Delhi, India. His family moved there when he was four years old.
3 Has a Master's in Fine Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
4 Has a B.S. in Business from the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon, USA.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Momentary Lapse of Reason 2015 filming Ashwin Reddy
Consumed 2015 completed Serge
The Mindy Project 2015 TV Series Sendhil
Sanjay and Craig 2013-2015 TV Series Vijay Patel / Vijay Patel (segment "Trouble Dare")
The Big Bang Theory 2007-2015 TV Series Raj Koothrappali
Dr. Cabbie 2014 Tony
Sullivan & Son 2013-2014 TV Series Neal / Sanjay
The Scribbler 2014/I Karim
...Or Die 2012 Short
Ice Age: Continental Drift 2012 Gupta (voice)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2010-2011 TV Series Raj Koothrappali / First Mate / Himself
CollegeHumor Originals 2010 TV Series Kunal
NCIS 2007 TV Series Youssef Zidan
S.C.I.E.N.C.E 2004 Pizza Man

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Big Bang Theory 2008-2015 TV Series performer - 14 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beyond All Boundaries 2013 Documentary producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Say It Ain't Solo 2012 Short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Maharajas of Comedy 2015 TV Movie completed Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2010-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - The Big Bang Theory
Conan 2011-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Soup 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015 TV Series Himself
The Talk 2012-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
CBS This Morning 2015 TV Series Himself
The View 2015 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2015 TV Series Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2014-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - The Big Bang Theory
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2009-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Host / ...
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2015 TV Series Himself
The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards 2015 TV Special Himself
The Queen Latifah Show 2013-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Whose Line Is It Anyway? 2014 TV Series Himself - Special Guest Star
2014 MTV Movie Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Cameo #41
The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Sesame Street 2013 TV Series Himself
Who Gets the Last Laugh? 2013 TV Series Himself
Beyond All Boundaries 2013 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Kathy 2013 TV Series Himself
The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
CBS Cares 2009-2013 TV Series Himself
Ice Age Continental Drift: Through a Pirate's Spyglass: Voices Ahoy! 2012 Video short Himself
Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin 2012 TV Series Himself - Panelist / Himself
G4 Presents Comic Con 2012 Live 2012 TV Movie Himself
The Big Bang Theory: Access All Areas 2012 TV Movie Himself
The Big Bang Theory: It All Started with a Big Bang 2012 TV Movie Himself
Say It Ain't Solo 2012 Short Himself
MSN Exclusives 2012 TV Series Himself (2013)
The Nerdist: January Special 2012 TV Movie Himself
Rove LA 2012 TV Series Himself
The Marilyn Denis Show 2011 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
B-Sides 2011 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series Himself - At the Golden Globe Awards
Canada A.M. 2010 TV Series Himself
The Big Bang Theory: Set Tour with Simon & Kunal 2010 Video short Himself - Rajesh
The Big Bang Theory: Take Out with the Cast of the Big Bang Theory 2010 Video short Himself
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2009-2010 TV Series Himself
Scream Awards 2009 2009 TV Special Himself
The Big Bang Theory: Testing the Infinite Hilarity Hyphothesis of the Big Bang Theory 2009 Video short Himself - Rajesh
The Big Bang Theory: Quantum Mechanics of the Big Bang Theory 2008 Video short Himself - Raj

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Live with Kelly and Michael 2015 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Himself - The Big Bang Theory
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2012 TV Series Himself - Dancing on 'Big Bang Theory' Set

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory (2007) · Mayim Bialik
· Kaley Cuoco
· Johnny Galecki
· Simon Helberg
· Jim Parsons
· Melissa Rauch
2016 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory (2007) · Mayim Bialik
· Kaley Cuoco
· Johnny Galecki
· Simon Helberg
· Jim Parsons
· Melissa Rauch
2015 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory (2007) · Mayim Bialik
· Kaley Cuoco
· Johnny Galecki
· Simon Helberg
· Jim Parsons
· Melissa Rauch
2015 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Chemistry The Big Bang Theory (2007) · Kaley Cuoco
· Johnny Galecki
· Simon Helberg
· Jim Parsons
2014 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite TV Bromance The Big Bang Theory (2007) · Jim Parsons
· Johnny Galecki
· Simon Helberg
2014 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory (2007) · Mayim Bialik
· Kaley Cuoco
· Johnny Galecki
· Simon Helberg
· Jim Parsons
· Melissa Rauch
2013 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory (2007) · Mayim Bialik
· Kaley Cuoco
· Johnny Galecki
· Simon Helberg
· Jim Parsons
· Melissa Rauch
2012 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory (2007) · Mayim Bialik
· Kaley Cuoco
· Johnny Galecki
· Simon Helberg
· Jim Parsons
· Melissa Rauch

TitleSalary
The Big Bang Theory (2007) $100,000 per episode (2013-2014)

#Quote
1 I went to the University/Resident Theatre Association auditions. Deans come and watch you in this theater. You have three minutes, and you have to do two contrasting monologues - at that time, this is 2003 - one classical and one contemporary.
2 I was pretty awkward when I was young, but I was never afraid of putting myself out there. I would say stupid things but then they would laugh at me and possibly find it endearing.
3 I like to work as much as I can, but I only really have the hiatus to work on other projects. I've kept myself busy recently. I voiced a character in Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), which was a lot of fun. I also did another small movie called The Scribbler (2014).
4 People at the University of Portland were accepting and loving and open-minded. When you have a safety net, it allows you to take risks.
5 I'm obsessed with Game of Thrones (2011). I love comedies - I really like 30 Rock (2006) and Modern Family (2009).
6 When we first started The Big Bang Theory (2007), I would get incredibly nervous because it's such a big show and I was just out of graduate school. I'd come in and have this huge responsibility for the one line that everyone hopes will bring down the house.
7 We live in a bubble sometimes, and you can get out of touch with your fans. You go to the studio, you come home. But coming to Comic-Con is a real opportunity to connect with the people that made your show happen and are responsible for its continued success. It's really humbling.
8 These characters, they have to evolve. They're getting older on the show, these are things that happen in everyone's life. People do get married... this is just a natural evolution. I wonder if we'll have 'Big Bang' babies in the season finale?
9 The really good stand up comedians can be angry but relatable, and they have interestingly humanizing personalities. Their observational skills are far greater than mine, so I'll just stick to reading lines off a page.
10 Sometimes I'll be sitting with my friends; I'll say something Koothrappali-esque and make a face. There is a lot of Koothrappali in me as a human being. A lot of mannerism, humor, mischievousness, my innocence. So I don't know if I bring him home so much as I bring myself to him at work.
11 When you move from a different country, it takes a while to make friends. I found myself being lonely a lot at first. In New Delhi, I had all my family. But Portland is one of those cities you can immerse yourself in and feel comfortable. People are so friendly.
12 No one ever sees the sleepless nights, the years of studying and 14-hour days earning your dues. I spent three years isolated in an academic environment to be the best actor I could.
13 It all started with the most basic level of Uta Hagen, right at the beginning. I'm like, "Really? I came to grad school; I'm going to do the 'Respect for Acting'?" And I realized the importance of that, because it was really to just get you to get rid of everything. Get rid of everything you've learned and just start from the bottom up.
14 If you want to go on the floor, go in disguise because otherwise you won't be able to. I would just put on a full Darth Vader costume and walk through Comic-Con so I can actually check it out and enjoy it as opposed to being approached by everyone, which is lovely, but it gets very difficult to enjoy because there's so many people there.
15 I'm helping launch the new Milky Way Chocolate Ice Cream Bar. I play an astrophysicist on television, and the name of the bar is Milky Way, so put two and two together, and here I am.
16 I'm a pro! No, what I mean is I have performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England. I have been all over the place. I have studied theatre for seven years.
17 I would definitely line up for 'The Lord of the Rings.' I'm a huge 'Lord of the Rings' geek.
18 I really think if you take away a character's obstacles then there's no comedy.
19 I love video games. I love, love, love them! I also love 'Star Wars.' I wish Jedi was a true religion.
20 I love going to the G4 sci-fi-type parties.
21 I know stuff about 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Star Wars,' but 'Star Trek,' I don't know.
22 I have a fear of heights and I'm claustrophobic.
23 I have a dialect myself; it's more pronounced, because I have studied theatre and been in England. It's half-British, half-Indian.
24 I did learn that there's no point in eating too much Vitamin C because it comes out of your bladder.
25 Comic-Con has been an amazing experience. It's overwhelming, I have to admit, because of the lines and the crowds.
26 Comic-Con fans are so affectionate, and it's always a lovely way to start a new season.


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