Kunal Nayyar
Rajesh Koothrappali in THE BIG BANG THEORY

Hometown: London

Birthday: April 30

July 2018

Kunal Nayyar is best known for his work as Rajesh Koothrappali on television’s #1 comedy, THE BIG BANG THEORY. The series has been nominated for multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice Awards and won the People’s Choice Award for favorite network TV comedy three years in a row.

In 2015 Nayyar made his New York theater debut in “The Spoils.” He starred in the off-Broadway play alongside Jesse Eisenberg, who also penned the play. That production of “The Spoils” went to London in 2016, and Nayyar made his West End debut. His additional theater credits include “Huck and Holden” at the Dahlia Theater in Los Angeles, for which Nayyar was awarded Best Male Lead in a Play on the West Coast by the Garland Awards, and “Love’s Labour’s Lost” at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.

Currently, Nayyar is shooting the independent feature “Think like a Dog,” starring Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox.

Nayyar will return as the voice of Guy Diamond in “Trolls 2” for Dreamworks Animation. Previously, he was the voice of Vijay on the Nickelodeon animated series “Sanjay and Craig,” and Gupta in the Fox feature “Ice Age: Continental Drift.”

In February 2015, Nayyar guest hosted “The Late Late Show” on the Network. He took over the show for three nights and interviewed talent that included Billy Bob Thornton, Bob Newhart, Simon Helberg, Sarah Hyland and Britt Robertson.

His other television credits include a recurring role on the Vince Vaughn-produced TBS show, “Sullivan & Sons,” as well as the independent feature “Consumed,” directed by Daryl Wein.

Nayyar produced the documentary “Beyond All Boundaries,” about the competitive sport of cricket in India. The documentary follows three people and their passion for the sport: Sudhir, a penniless superfan who cycles across India to cheer the team; Prithvi, a 12-year-old boy-wonder who is a cricket prodigy; and Akshaya, a girl cricketer from Mumbai’s slums.

After high school, Nayyar left India for the United States, where he majored in business and took acting classes at the University of Portland. In his senior year, he was nominated as the best actor in his play, “The Rose Tattoo,” and was given an invitation to the American College Theater Festival (ACTF) to compete in an acting competition. He eventually won the Mark Twain Award for comic brilliance as well as a fellowship to the prestigious Sundance Theater Lab. He went on to receive his Master of Fine Arts for acting from Temple University in Philadelphia.

He was born in London and spent most of his younger years growing up in New Delhi, India. Currently, he resides in Los Angeles. Nayyar’s birthday is April 30. He can be followed on Twitter @kunalnayyar and Instagram @kunalkarmanayyar.

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