Kunal Nayyar


Kunal Nayyar is best known for his work as Rajesh Koothrappali on television’s #1 comedy, “The Big Bang Theory.” The series has been nominated for multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, Critics Choice Awards and won the People’s Choice Award for favorite network TV comedy three years in a row. In 2015, Nayyar made his New York Theatre debut in The Spoils. He starred in the off-Broadway play alongside Jesse Eisenberg, who also penned the play. The Spoils production went to London in 2016, and Nayyar made his West End debut.  His additional theater credits include Huck and Holden at the Dahlia Theater in Los Angeles, for which Nayyar was awarded Best Male Lead in a Play on the West Coast by the Garland Awards, and Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Nayyar recently wrapped filming the Neflix show “Criminal” in London and is currently starring in the Apple + series “Suspicion” in London with Uma Thurman. Nayyar is the voice of Guy Diamond in the DreamWorks animated feature Trolls, as well as the up and coming Trolls World Tour premiering in April of 2020.  Nayyar was also the voice of Vijay on the Nickelodeon animated series, “Sanjay and Craig,” and Gupta in the Fox feature “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” Nayyar guest hosted “The Late Late Show” on CBS.  He took over the show for three nights and interviewed talent that included Billy Bob Thornton, Bob Newhart, Simon Helberg, Sarah Hyland and Britt Robertson.  His episodes aired February 25 – 27, 2015. His other credits include a recurring role on the Vince Vaughn produced TBS show, “Sullivan & Sons,” as well as his most recent film, “Sweetness In The Belly”, starring Dakota Fanning, which premiered at TIFF in 2019. Nayyar produced the documentary, “Beyond All Boundaries,” about the competitive sport of Cricket in India.  The documentary follows three people and their passion for the sport – Sudhir, a penniless superfan who cycles across India to cheer the team; Prithvi, a 12-year old boy wonder who is a cricket prodigy; and Akshaya, a girl cricketer from Mumbai’s slums. After high school, Nayyar left India for the United States where he majored in business and took acting classes at the University of Portland (Portland, OR). In his senior year, he was nominated as the best actor in his play, “The Rose Tattoo,” and was given an invitation to the American College Theater Festival (ACTF) to compete in an acting competition, where he eventually won the Mark Twain Award for comic brilliance as well as a fellowship to the prestigious Sundance Theater Lab. He went on to receive his Masters in Fine Arts for acting from Temple University in Philadelphia. He was born in London, England, and spent most of his younger years growing up in New Delhi, India. He currently resides in Los Angeles.