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Kunal Nayyar

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"Kunal Nayyar"
Gender Male
Birthday April 30, 1981
First Episode Pilot
Role(s) Actor
Portrays Rajesh Koothrappali
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Kunal Nayyar (born April 30, 1981, London, England) is an English comic actor of Indian origin. He is best known for his role as Rajesh Koothrappali on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.


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Kunal Nayyar as Rajesh Ramayan Koothrapali
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Dr. Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) is Howard Wolowitz's best friend and yet another genius; his name is usually shortened to "Raj". He is originally from New Delhi, India and he works in the Physics department at Caltech, where his area of expertise is particle astrophysics. Until the end of season 6, Raj was extremely shy when it comes to dealing with women; he was unable to speak to them unless he drank alcoholRaj communicates with his parents, Dr. V. M. Koothrappali and Mrs. Koothrappali, in India through a webcam. Raj is often seen wearing a layered combination of two shirts and khakis with a jacket over them.

Offscreen, Kunal has a close friendship with Simon Helberg, who plays Howard onscreen.

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Personal LifeEdit

Nayyar has been married to {{w|Miss India}] 2006 winner Neha Kapur since 2011.

Career Edit

  • Recently, Nayyar teamed up with Arun Das to write the critically acclaimed play Cotton Candy, which is currently still running in New Delhi, India.
  • Nayyar also previously guest-starred in the CBS drama NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) in the episode “Suspicion” (Season 4, Episode 12), in which he played Youssef Zidan, a terrorist.
  • He was on The Bonnie Hunt Show on April 22, 2009 and on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on May 8th.
  • He voiced Gupta de Badger in "Ice Age 4: Continental Drift"
  • He currently voices Sanjay's dad (Vijay) in the Nickelodeon cartoon "Sanjay and Craig"


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Kunal Nayyaron IMDb

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