04-30 Happy birthday to Kunal Nayyar, Born: April 30, 1981.
Kunal Nayyar is a British Indian actor and writer known for his role as Rajesh Koothrappali in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
After graduating, Nayyar found work doing American television ads and plays on the London stage. He first gained attention in the US for his role in the West Coast production of Rajiv Joseph’s 2006 play Huck & Holden, where he portrayed an Indian exchange student anxious to experience American culture before returning home. In 2006, Nayyar teamed up with Arun Das to write the play Cotton Candy, which premiered in New Delhi to positive reviews.
Nayyar made a guest appearance on the CBS drama NCIS in the episode “Suspicion” (season four, episode 12), in which he played Youssef Zidan, an Iraqi terrorist.
In 2012, Nayyar voiced Gupta in Ice Age: Continental Drift. That same year, he completed the shooting of his first film, Dr. Cabbie, in Toronto.
In September 2015, Nayyar published a book about his career journey, Yes, My Accent is Real.
He then voiced Guy Diamond in DreamWorks’ animated movie Trolls (2016).
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