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Plays Raj on CBS's Hit Show, "The Big Bang Theory"

Kunal Nayyar is a British-Indian actor and writer known for his role as Dr. Raj Koothrappali in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Nayyar was born in London and brought up in New Delhi, India. He attended St Columba's School in New Delhi, where he played badminton for the school team.

In 1999, Nayyar moved to the US to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business (Finance) from the University of Portland, Oregon. Working on his degree, he started taking acting classes and appeared in several school plays.

After participating in the American College Theater Festival, Nayyar decided to become a professional actor. He then attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he received a Master of Fine Arts in Acting.

After graduating, Nayyar found work doing American television ads and plays on the London stage. He first gained attention in the US for his role in the West Coast production of Rajiv Joseph's 2006 play Huck & Holden, where he portrayed an Indian exchange student anxious to experience American culture before returning home. In 2006, Nayyar teamed up with Arun Das to write the play Cotton Candy, which premiered in New Delhi to positive reviews.

Nayyar's agent heard about a role for a scientist in an upcoming CBS pilot and encouraged him to audition for the part. This led to his casting in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, on which he plays astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali.

In 2011, he co-hosted the Tribute to Nerds show with co-star Simon Helberg at the comedy festival Just for Laughs.

In 2012, Nayyar voiced Gupta in Ice Age: Continental Drift. That same year, he completed the shooting of his first film Dr. Cabbie in Toronto, Canada. The film was produced by Bollywood actor Salman Khan.

Nayyar married Miss India 2006 winner Neha Kapur in December 2011.


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Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar has inked a deal with Atria Books for a humorous memoir about growing up Indian. Behind the Scenes of 'The Big Bang  ...

Kunal Nayyar's book cover 'Yes, My Accent Is Real' revealed | EW.com

The Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar is debuting a collection of hilarious and inspiring essays in his upcoming memoir, Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other ...

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September 17, 2015, 8:42 AM |CBS premiered its ninth season of TV's top-rated comedy "The Big Bang Theory." Nayyar, who plays the quirky astrophysicist "Dr.

'Big Bang Theory' Actor Kunal Nayyar Heads Off Broadway | Variety

Just as Jim Parsons gears up to return to Broadway in "An Act of God," his co-star on "The Big Bang Theory," Kunal Nayyar, will make his New York stage debut ...

Cast of Big Bang Theory Celebrates 200 Episodes with Memories

The Big Bang Theory marks a significant milestone this week as the long-running series airs its 200th episode. As Variety reported, the cast and crew gathered for a celebration at Vibiana in Los Angeles over the weekend. The stars looked back on how they got the parts that, for the most part, made them famous. Kaley Cuoco remembers a prescient encounter with Jim Parsons as they were both auditioning for the show.

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Say it ain't so! The Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar recently revealed that the beloved CBS series — which aired its season 9 finale last month — may be ...

Kunal Nayyar Weds

Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar celebrated his marriage to Neha Kapur over six days and in front of 1,000 guests in New Delhi, India, in December, PEOPLE ...

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"I think they both complement each other really well," Kunal Nayyar tells PEOPLE of the newlyweds.

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