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Kunal Nayyar (born April 30, 1981) is an English-born Indian actor best known for his role on The Big Bang Theory as Rajesh Koothrappali. Kunal has also had minor roles in Ice Age: The Continental Drift as Gupta and the CBS drama NCIS (season 4, episode 12: "Suspicion"). Most of his life was spent doing American TV ads and London based stage plays. One of his first roles in the U.S. was in Rajiv Joseph's 2006 play, Huck and Holden. Shortly after, Kunal was encouraged, by his agent, to audition for a role as a scientist in a CBS pilot, which later became The Big Bang Theory. Kunal was born in London, England, but he was raised in New Delhi, India, where his family still lives. In 1999, he moved to the U.S. to work on a Bachelor of Science in Business at the University of Portland. During his time at the University, Kunal began taking acting classes, and played various roles in school plays. He later participated in the American College Theater Festival, whereupon he decided to pursue a professional career in acting. After making that final decision, he then attended Temple University, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. In December 2011, Kunal Nayyar married the 2006 Miss India winner, Neha Kapur, and they are still currently married.

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