It is true, the sitcom about the big bang theory by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady is loved worldwide because of its amazing cast and characters. Although many have named Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) like their favorite characters from the American television series, they would also agree that without characters like Penny (Kaley Cuoco) the series would not have achieved the extraordinary ratings, she has, Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik), Stuart (Kevin Sussman), Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), his husband in the exhibition, Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and of course the Indian Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar).
Being Rajesh, a guy who could only talk to women in the beginning after drinking alcohol is without a doubt the breakthrough in Kunal Nayyar’s acting career. He literally came out of nowhere with a big bang and announced himself to the film industry with the role of the big bang theorist. The very first time he talked to a woman (Penny) in the show remains one of his favorite moments, not only because he finally talked to a lady, but also because of the punch line he started with:
“Ever since I was a little boy, my father wanted me to be a gynecologist. How can I become a gynecologist, I can hardly look a woman in the eye!
Before Kunal became Raj in the CBS sitcom in 2007, he could only boast of having appeared as the pizza man in 2004’s S.C.I.E.N.C.E. and as Youssef Zidan in an episode of the TV series NCIS (Police Crime Drama TV Series).
To be fair, it has to be said that there was more to it than that. Kunal was quite active in theatre work. It is known that he worked with the popular Royal Shakespeare Company in England. Through his activities in several theater productions, he became known as an actor at the earliest. While he impersonated several characters on the London stage, it was his role as Navin in Huck and Holden 2006 at the Dahlia Theatre in Los Angeles, USA, that earned him remarkable recognition. The role of an Indian exchange student desperately seeking the American experience earned Kunal Nayyar a Garland Award. He was honored as the best male lead in a play; that was in 2006.
At some point in the past, Kunal expressed that his journey to fame, to a renowned actor, was not a quiet journey, but one of many sleepless nights and sacrifices. At some point, he had to isolate himself in order to learn and improve his acting skills. He was ecstatically happy when he got the role of Raj, but he was, as he said, “incredibly nervous”.
Kunal Nayyar Bio – The Early Days Of His Life
Since it is very obvious that Nayyar has the physical characteristics peculiar to the Indians, he has almost always been described, rightly so, as an Indian actor. Nevertheless, he is also often celebrated as a British actor. This has confused many of his fans and to a not inconsiderable extent. Well, that’s how it is – Kunal Nayyar was born in England. He was born on April 30th, 1981 in Hounslow, London. However, a few years after his birth, his family decided to move to New Delhi, India, where Kunal Nayyar had grown up.
In view of the above, Kunal would not contradict anyone who considers him to be Indian-British. It is said that Kunal moved from New Delhi to the United States of America in 1999. All he had in mind was to settle down at the University of Portland, Oregon, and earn a B.Sc. in Business for himself. He graduated, but could not help but become interested in acting. It is said that in the beginning he started to take part in school plays just to make friends. At some point, he started taking acting lessons and after that, he could not bring himself to turn his back on acting. As such, after graduating from the University of Portland, he transferred to Temple University in Philadelphia, where he earned his master’s degree in fine arts.
He obtained the role of Big Bang Theorist shortly after graduating from Temple University. Since then he has played a handful of other film and television roles. The youngest of these include Tony and Karim in the 2014 films Dr. Cabbie and The Scribbler. He also portrayed Guy Diamond in Trolls in 2016 and was the voice of Vijay in Sanjay and Craig, who appeared on Nickelodeon from 2013 to 2016.
His Salary and Net Worth
Due to the incredible success of the big bang theory, fans of the series all over the world have been searching endlessly for information about how much the actors earn with the series. As one might expect, this search has been accompanied by a desire to know the total value of the actors’ wealth. Unfortunately, this has led to several estimates of Kunal Nayyar’s net worth that cannot be substantiated. The figures quoted as the net wealth of the man range from 5 to 45 million dollars. The large discrepancy in the figures only shows that the value of Kunal’s wealth, whatever it may be, is best known to him.
As far as his salary is concerned, we can note that the popular American business magazine (Forbes) named Kunal 2015 as the third man on its list of the highest-paid television actors in the world. At that time, Nayyar’s earnings were 20 million dollars. Two years later (2017), Forbes again listed Kunal as one of the highest-paid TV actors in the world. This time it was reported that Kunal and other key actors in the series (Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, and Simon Helberg) earned $1 million per episode and $24 million for each season of the series.
However, due to the bond that the casts developed among themselves, they decided to cut Melissa Rauch’s and Mayim Bialik’s salaries by $100,000 per episode to increase Melissa Rauch’s and Mayim Bialik’s salaries. Nice of them, huh? We agree.
Kunal Nayyar’s Wife
Expecting Kunal as a Raj to be able to converse and flow effortlessly with ladies is perhaps like asking for the moon, but in Kunal’s real life, this is not so. In fact, he focused his gaze on one of India’s most beautiful virgins – Neha Kapur, who won the South Asian country’s beauty contest in 2006 and whom he married sometime in December 2011.
From what we have learned, Kunal had a long-distance relationship with the Indian model and actress. The lovers lived millions of miles apart. The former beauty queen lived in New Delhi and Kunal in L.A. They eventually married and now live together in Los Angeles.
Height and Body Measurements
The fact that Kunal Nayyar is afraid of heights does not mean that he is a small man. To the best of our knowledge, he is 6 inches (1.71 m) taller than 5 feet (1.71 m). Although we cannot yet confirm the details of his body measurements, it is assumed that he weighs about 65 kg (6.5 lbs).