Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar


4/30/1981, London, England

Birth Name

Kunal Nayyar


  •  Raj (Kunal Nayyar) tells Sheldon (Jim P...
  • Kunal Nayyar on The Big Bang Theory.
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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…more


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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.

    • Kunal: When I actually started acting in college, I just fell in love with the entire art form. The thrill of being in front of an audience...they're breathing with you, they're laughing with you, they're crying with you, so that's a thrill I didn't get in any other field.

    • Kunal: (on the film he is writing; 2008 interview) The film is about an Indian guy going to America. There he looks for the three basic necessities in a man's life: work, love and friendship. The story is very much related to my life.

    • Kunal: With sitcoms you are playing to the audience that is watching you as well as the cameras and I am so used to doing that from my stage work.

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  • Good but could be great

    I can't say I have seen anything else that Kunal may have done other then BBT. In saying so he is great, he brings the character to life and made for awesome laughing moments. As of now his character drinks to talk to women so you tend to see his character drink too much. I wonder when he will come out as a drunk or when they will give his character the freedom of talking to women without being drunk, and a jerk as seen many times. Great character but he is stuck in a character trap that prevents character evolution. Writers fault, not Kunal.