Kunal Nayyar

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4/30/1981, London, England

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  • Kunal Nayyar, who is of Indian descent, was born in London, England but was raised in New Dehli, India. Upon his graduation from high school, Nayyar flew to the United States to pursue a college education. He majored in business at the University of Portland in Oregon and while he was there, he also took some acting classes. He then involved himself with theater, performing at the American College Theater Festival. After which, he earned his master's degree in fine arts from Temple University in Philadelphia. He also appeared in Lovers Labors Lost at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon in England. In 2004, Kunal made his screen debut in the film S.C.I.E.N.C.E.. He also made a guest appearance as Youssef Zidan in a 2007 episode of NCIS. In 2007, Nayyar landed the role of the astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.moreless

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    Kunal Nayyar



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    • Kunal: The circle that I grew up in is very different from what you call a traditional Indian family. My parents are like, 'Yeah, go act!' and all Bohemian, and they're smoking cigarettes, which is something you very rarely see. That's maybe 10 percent of India and the rest of it is very conservative.

    • Kunal: (comparing himself to his character on "The Big Bang Theory) I also have a lot of nerdy elements in me and at the same time I act as a geek like him. I love playing video games and just like him I also like a lot of epic stuff.

    • Kunal: I always wanted to do acting, but could never find the right platform in India. While studying in the US, I found that there are a lot of opportunities for me to learn acting and that is how I got my bachelors in marketing and my diploma in acting.

    • Kunal: Primal human nature is very funny. If I see someone get really angry, and in their anger throw something. It's pretty funny. Or someone trips and falls. Or someone farts and burps.

    • Kunal: (on the success of "The Big Bang Theory") You have to take your entire life one day at a time. I'm trying to soak it all in and enjoy it.

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    • Among the actors he admires are Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and the Indian actor Aamir Khan.

    • Kunal's father is an accountant while his mother is an interior designer.

    • In 2003, Kunal won the Mark Twain Acting Award at the American College Theater Festival for his performance in The Rose Tattoo.

    • Kunal was one of the writers of the critically-acclaimed play Cotton Candy which is staged in New Delhi, India.

    • He was a member of his school's badminton team and played in state competitions in North India.

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