Kunal Nayyar was born on 30th June 1981 in London, England of very mixed Indian and British descent. Acting and writing are the main sources of his income. He is a winner of the Garland Award as the best Male Lead and a nominee for the Screen Actors Guild Award for the Outstanding Performance in a television series,“The Big Bang Theory”. Nayyar has been active in the entertainment industry since 2004.
Kunal Nayyar Net Worth $5 Million
Recently, it has been announced that the net worth of Kunal Nayyar is as high as $5 million. One of the biggest sources of Kunal’s income is starring in the television series “The Big Bang Theory” (2007 – present) – as long as he gets $75,000 per episode, he easily earns almost $2 million per season.
Even though Kunal was born in the capital of England, he was raised in the capital city of India. He graduated from high school in India and decided to continue his undergraduate studies in the USA. As a result, he entered the University of Portland. Nayyar became interested in acting classes though he had been working on his Bachelor degree in business. It was the American College Theater Festival which inspired him to pursue the career of an actor. Kunal Nayyar has chosen to study acting during his postgraduate studies at the Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kunal Nayyar debuted as an actor on the stage of British theatre in the play “Huck and Holden” (2006), which was very successful and Kunal won the Garland Award. Subsequently, he appeared in the play entitled “Love’s Labour’s Lost” which was shown in UK and USA. He then debuted on television screens with a small role in the series “NCIS” (2007). However, Kunal rose to prominence for the role in the television series “The Big Bang Theory” (2007 – present), portraying the astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali for which he was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award. The sitcom is loved not only by critics but also the audience, confirmed by high viewer ratings. What is more, Nayyar appears in the series “Sanjay and Craig” which has been broadcast since 2013. Finally, Kunal Nayyar became the host of the “The Late Late Show” broadcasted on RTÉ One channel (in Ireland) beginning this year. Needless to mention the fact that all those appearances have also added significant amounts to Kunal’s overall amount of wealth.
Furthermore, Kunal Nayyar appears on the big screen. Up to date, he has landed two roles in the main cast of the films “The Scribbler” (2014) directed by John Suits, and “Dr. Cabbie” (2014) directed by Jean-François Pouliot. He has also voiced Gupta in “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (2012) directed by Steve Martin and Mike Thurmeier. Currently, he’s working on the upcoming films “Consumed”, “A Momentary Lapse of Reason ‘” and “A Bollywood Tale” which are going to be released in the near future.
In his personal life, in 2011 Kunal Nayyar married the actress, beauty queen and model Neha Kapur.
I went to the University/Resident Theatre Association auditions. Deans come and watch you in this theater. You have three minutes, and you have to do two contrasting monologues - at that time, this is 2003 - one classical and one contemporary.
I was pretty awkward when I was young, but I was never afraid of putting myself out there. I would say stupid things but then they would laugh at me and possibly find it endearing.
I like to work as much as I can, but I only really have the hiatus to work on other projects. I've kept myself busy recently. I voiced a character in Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), which was a lot of fun. I also did another small movie called The Scribbler (2014).
People at the University of Portland were accepting and loving and open-minded. When you have a safety net, it allows you to take risks.
When we first started The Big Bang Theory (2007), I would get incredibly nervous because it's such a big show and I was just out of graduate school. I'd come in and have this huge responsibility for the one line that everyone hopes will bring down the house.
We live in a bubble sometimes, and you can get out of touch with your fans. You go to the studio, you come home. But coming to Comic-Con is a real opportunity to connect with the people that made your show happen and are responsible for its continued success. It's really humbling.
These characters, they have to evolve. They're getting older on the show, these are things that happen in everyone's life. People do get married... this is just a natural evolution. I wonder if we'll have 'Big Bang' babies in the season finale?
The really good stand up comedians can be angry but relatable, and they have interestingly humanizing personalities. Their observational skills are far greater than mine, so I'll just stick to reading lines off a page.
Sometimes I'll be sitting with my friends; I'll say something Koothrappali-esque and make a face. There is a lot of Koothrappali in me as a human being. A lot of mannerism, humor, mischievousness, my innocence. So I don't know if I bring him home so much as I bring myself to him at work.
When you move from a different country, it takes a while to make friends. I found myself being lonely a lot at first. In New Delhi, I had all my family. But Portland is one of those cities you can immerse yourself in and feel comfortable. People are so friendly.
No one ever sees the sleepless nights, the years of studying and 14-hour days earning your dues. I spent three years isolated in an academic environment to be the best actor I could.
It all started with the most basic level of Uta Hagen, right at the beginning. I'm like, "Really? I came to grad school; I'm going to do the 'Respect for Acting'?" And I realized the importance of that, because it was really to just get you to get rid of everything. Get rid of everything you've learned and just start from the bottom up.
If you want to go on the floor, go in disguise because otherwise you won't be able to. I would just put on a full Darth Vader costume and walk through Comic-Con so I can actually check it out and enjoy it as opposed to being approached by everyone, which is lovely, but it gets very difficult to enjoy because there's so many people there.
I'm helping launch the new Milky Way Chocolate Ice Cream Bar. I play an astrophysicist on television, and the name of the bar is Milky Way, so put two and two together, and here I am.
I'm a pro! No, what I mean is I have performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England. I have been all over the place. I have studied theatre for seven years.
I would definitely line up for 'The Lord of the Rings.' I'm a huge 'Lord of the Rings' geek.
I really think if you take away a character's obstacles then there's no comedy.
I love video games. I love, love, love them! I also love 'Star Wars.' I wish Jedi was a true religion.
I love going to the G4 sci-fi-type parties.
I know stuff about 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Star Wars,' but 'Star Trek,' I don't know.
I have a fear of heights and I'm claustrophobic.
I have a dialect myself; it's more pronounced, because I have studied theatre and been in England. It's half-British, half-Indian.
I did learn that there's no point in eating too much Vitamin C because it comes out of your bladder.
Comic-Con has been an amazing experience. It's overwhelming, I have to admit, because of the lines and the crowds.
Comic-Con fans are so affectionate, and it's always a lovely way to start a new season.