Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar Biography

Posted by | Vishnu Das on | November 20, 2023

Date of Birth

30th / April / 1981





Kunal Nayyar, an Indian actor, gained fame for his portrayal of Raj Koothrappali on the CBS series “The Big Bang Theory” from 2007 to 2019 and lent his voice to the character Vijay on Nickelodeon’s animated show “Sanjay and Craig” from 2013 to 2016. He relocated from India to the United States in 1999 and is primarily recognized for his role as Rajesh Koothrappali in “The Big Bang Theory.”

Kunal Nayyar Biography Age, Family, Career, Height, Net Worth and Wife

Born on April 30, 1981, in London, England, Kunal Nayyar is an Indian actor who spent his formative years in New Delhi, India. His journey took him to Portland, Oregon, where he initially pursued a business education. Today, he is widely recognized for his portrayal of Rajesh Koothrappali on the popular CBS sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory.”In “The Big Bang Theory,” Kunal’s co-stars included Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Mayim Bialik, and Melissa Rauch. Offscreen, he shares a close friendship with Simon Helberg, who plays Howard on the show.


Kunal Nayyar Father Pic

Kunal Nayyar Father Pic

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Kunal Nayyar Mother Pic

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Kunal Nayyar Wife Pic

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Early Age and Education

At the age of three, Kunal Nayyar’s family returned to India, where he spent his formative years growing up in New Delhi, and his parents continue to reside there. In pursuit of a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance, Nayyar made a significant move in 1999, relocating to the United States to attend the University of Portland in Oregon. During his time pursuing this degree, he discovered his passion for acting, delving into acting classes and actively participating in various school productions. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Portland, Nayyar continued his educational journey. He enrolled in acting courses at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and ultimately achieved a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting.

Kunal Nayyar School St Columba’s School, New Delhi, India
Kunal Nayyar College University of Portland, Oregon, US
Temple University, University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Kunal Nayyar Educational Qualifications Bachelor of Science in Business (Finance)
Master of Fine Arts in Acting


Following his academic achievements, Kunal Nayyar ventured into the world of entertainment. He initially found employment by featuring in American television advertisements and also graced the London stage with his acting talents. However, it was his role in Rajiv Joseph’s 2006 play titled “Huck & Holden” that brought him recognition in the United States. In this play, he portrayed an Indian exchange student with a keen desire to explore American society before returning home. In collaboration with Arun Das; Nayyar co-authored the play “Cotton Candy” in 2006, which premiered in New Delhi to positive reviews.


In 2011, he and his co-star Simon Helberg co-hosted the Tribute to Nerds show as part of the comedy festival Just for Laughs. In the animated film “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” released in 2012, Nayyar lent his voice to the character Gupta. During the same year, he wrapped up filming for “Dr. Cabbie,” a movie produced by Bollywood actor Salman Khan. From May 5 to June 29, 2015; Nayyar took part in the off-Broadway production “The Spoils,” a play written by and starring actor Jesse Eisenberg. In this play, Nayyar portrayed Kalyan, a Nepalese student and the roommate of the protagonist, Ben, played by Eisenberg. The production later moved to London’s West End in 2016.


In the DreamWorks production “Trolls,” which premiered in November 2016, Kunal Nayyar lent his voice to the animated character known as Guy Diamond. In 2020, Nayyar took on the role of Sandeep, a convicted serial killer, in the Netflix UK series “Criminal: UK.” He made his appearance in the Season 2 finale, which aired in August 2020. During the same year, Nayyar joined the cast of the thriller TV series “Suspicion” on Apple TV+. This series is based on the Israeli thriller TV series “False Flag” and features prominent actors like Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Elyes Gabel.



Film Role Director(s) Year
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry A.J. Fikry Hans Canosa 2022
Sweetness in the Belly Dr. Robin Sathi Zeresenay Berhane Mehari 2019
Ice Age: Continental Drift Gupta Steve Martino & Mike Thurmeier 2012
Trolls Guy Diamond Mike Mitchell 2016
Trolls World Tour Guy Diamond Walt Dohrn 2020
Trolls Band Together Guy Diamond Walt Dohrn 2023
The Scribbler Karim John Suits 2014
Think Like a Dog Mr. Mills Gil Junger
Beyond All Boundaries Narrator 2013
Spaceman Petr Johan Renck 2024
S.C.I.E.N.C.E Pizza Man Jordan Noce 2004
Consumed Serge Negani Daryl Wein 2015
Dr. Cabbie Tony Jean-François Pouliot


Series Role Year
Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade Gupta (cameo/flashback) 2016
The Late Late Show Host 2015
The Big Bang Theory Raj Koothrappali 2007–2019
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Raj Koothrappali 2010
Sullivan & Son Sanjay/Neal 2013–2014
The Mindy Project Sendhil
Sanjay and Craig Vijay (voice) 2013–2016
NCIS Youssef Zidan 2007
Suspicion Aadesh Chopra 2022
Trolls Holiday Guy Diamond 2017
Drop the Mic Himself
Criminal: UK Sandeep Singh 2020


Title Role Year
The Spoils Kalyan 2015
The Spoils Kalyan 2016
Huck and Holden Naveen 2006
Love’s Labour’s Lost Other Parts
Love’s Labour’s Lost Other Parts


Award Category Title Year
Garland Award Best Male Lead in a Play on the West Coast Huck and Holden 2006
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory 2012
BAFTA TV Award Best Supporting Actor Criminal: UK 2021

Personal life

In December 2011, Kunal Nayyar tied the knot with Neha Kapur, a multi-talented individual who is not only a model but also an actress and held the title of Femina Miss India in 2006.

Physical Appearance

Kunal Nayyar’s height is reported to be 171 cm (approximately 5 feet 7 inches) tall. While there may be some variations in reported weight, he is commonly believed to weigh around 65 kg (approximately 143 lbs).

Net Worth

With a net worth of $45 million, Kunal Nayyar is a British-born Indian actor.

Kunal Nayyar Salary $750,000 per episode
Kunal Nayyar Net Worth $45 Million

Social Media & Accounts

Facebook: – facebook.com/kunalnayyar

Instagram: – instagram.com/kunalnayyar(2.5m followers)

Twitter: – twitter.com/kunalnayyar

Favorite Things

Film The Lord of the Rings
Writing Writing
Food Gujarati Cuisine

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Body Measurements N\A
Birth Place London, England
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Height In CM 173 cm CM
Height In Meter 1.73 m M
Nationality Indian
Parents Father: Rakesh Nayyar (accountant) Mother: Name not known (interior designer)
Profession Actor
Spous Neha Kapur
Weight 63 kg
Zodiac Sign Taurus


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