Kunal Nayyar Net Worth

What is Kunal Nayyar’s Net Worth and Salary?

Kunal Nayyar, a British-born Indian actor, has a net worth of $45 million. He is most famous for his role as Rajesh Koothrappali on the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” from 2007 to 2019. Nayyar is also a writer, having published the book “Yes, My Accent is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You” in 2015. Additionally, he co-wrote the play “Cotton Candy,” which received critical acclaim after premiering in New Delhi, India.

Early Life and Education

Kunal Nayyar was born on April 30, 1981, in London, England, to Indian immigrant parents. The family moved to New Delhi when he was four years old, and he attended St. Columba’s School, where he played badminton. Nayyar moved to the United States in 1999 to attend the University of Portland, where he studied business and began taking acting classes and performing in school plays. After earning his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance in 2003, he enrolled at Temple University in Philadelphia and earned a Master of Fine Arts in acting.

Kunal Nayyar’s Acting Career

Kunal Nayyar made his professional acting debut in 2004 and later earned his MFA. He acted in American TV commercials and London stage productions, and in 2006, he earned a Garland Award for his performance in “Huck and Holden.” Nayyar also co-wrote the play “Cotton Candy” in 2006, which received rave reviews in New Delhi. In 2007, he guest-starred on “NCIS” and later landed the role of Rajesh Koothrappali on “The Big Bang Theory,” which ran for 12 seasons. During his time on the show, Nayyar appeared in several films and provided his voice for animated features. He also appeared in an off-Broadway production of “The Spoils” in 2015 and reprised his role in London in 2016.

In 2017, Nayyar and his co-stars on “The Big Bang Theory” were reported to be making $1 million per episode, making them the highest-paid actors on TV at the time.

Kunal Nayyar’s Earnings from The Big Bang Theory

At the height of his career, Kunal Nayyar earned a whopping $800,000 per episode of The Big Bang Theory. This translated to approximately $18 million per season, making him one of the highest-paid actors in the world. In fact, during several of the last seasons of the show, he earned an impressive $20 million per season.

Awards and Honors

Kunal Nayyar won the Mark Twain Prize for Comic Brilliance at the American College Theater Festival in 2003. He also received a Garland Award for Best Male Lead in a Play on the West Coast for “Huck and Holden” in 2006.

For his role in “The Big Bang Theory,” Nayyar earned 6 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. He also received a 2014 People’s Choice Award nomination for Favorite TV Bromance and a 2015 Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice TV: Chemistry.

In 2020, the CinEuphoria Awards presented the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” with a Merit – Honorary Award.

Kunal Nayyar’s Real Estate Investments

Kunal and Neha bought a 4,100 sq ft home in Hollywood Hills for $2.9 million in 2012 and listed it for just under $4 million in June 2020. In October 2019, they purchased a 9,000 sq ft home in Hancock Park for $7.5 million. The Hancock Park property was previously owned by Nicolas Cage, who lost it to foreclosure in 2011 after spending a considerable amount of his fortune.

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