Who is he?
Kunal Nayyar is a famous British-born actor and comedian of Indian origin. He was born in London, on April 30, 1981, but moved to and grew up in New Delhi, India. Kunal Nayyar is best known for his iconic role as Rajesh in the hit series “The Big Bang Theory”. Read on to learn more about his life, work, and Kunal Nayyar net worth.
Personal life and Education
He attended and graduated from Saint Columba’s School in New Delhi, after which he went to study business in the US, where he earned B.S. in Business from the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. This was not the end of his education however, as he then shifted his focus and went on to attend a graduate school, the Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He successfully graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting. His acting career was ready to start.
Since 2011, the actor has been married to an Indian model, actress and beauty queen, Neha Kapur. She was the Femina Miss India in 2006 and represented her country at the Miss Universe pageant that same year.
The professional acting debut for the actor came with the role of a pizza deliveryman in the 2004 movie “S.C.I.E.N.C.E.”. In 2007, he appeared as a guest on the “NCIS” TV series. That same year, his big break came the one which would give him worldwide fame and recognition. He was cast as Rajesh Koothrappali on the hit CBS TV series sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory”. He has stayed on the show for the entirety of its run. It is now in its 12th and final season.
When the actor was not working on this show, he would write. He co-wrote the successful and well-received play called “Cotton Candy” in India. In addition, he provided his voice for the character called Gupta, in the animated hit movie “Ice Age: Continental Drift”. In 2013, he was the narrator of “Beyond all Boundaries”.
In 2014, he appeared in “The Scribbler” and “Dr. Cabbie”, while in 2015 he was a part of the movie “Consumed”. Nayyar voiced several roles for the 2016 movie “Trolls”. Furthermore, he has appeared in multiple episodes of the TV series “Sullivan & Son” and “The Mindy Project”. He will also appear in the upcoming drama movie “Sweetness in the Belly”.
Regarding theater work, Nayyar has also acted on stage in “Huck and Holden” in 2006, “Love’s Labour’s Lost” in 2006, and “The Spoils” in both 2015 and 2016.
Award-wise, back in 2006, he won a Garland Award for Best Male Lead in a Play on the West Coast, for his role in “Huck and Holden”. As a part of “The Big Bang Theory” TV series crew, he was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy continuously from 2012 to 2016.
Kunal Nayyar Net Worth and Salary
As of the year 2019, Kunal Nayyar net worth is estimated to be around $45 million dollars, while his per episode salary is $800 thousand. In 2015 and 2018, he was the third highest paid TV actor in the world, according to the Forbes magazine. Between June 2015 and June 2016 alone, the actor managed to cash in an astonishing $20 million. His popular show brought his huge fame and wealth, and fans are eager to see what his next projects will be after the series ends this year. He is extremely talented and still in his prime, so more success and wealth are sure to come in the near future.