Kunal Nayyar Net Worth

How much is Kunal Nayyarworth?

Net Worth:$50 Million
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:April 30, 1981
Country:United Kingdom
1.71 m

About Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar is an English-Indian actor, voice artist, and writer. He began his career in 2004 just after he graduated from the Temple University with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. In 2007, he joined one of the most successful television shows of the decade – “The Big Bang Theory”. Portraying the role of Rajesh Koothrappali for 12 years helped the actor earn more than $30 million and boosted his name into the stardom.

British-Indian actor Kunal Nayyar has a net worth of $50 million dollars, as of 2021. In the years of 2015 and 2018, Nayyar was listed as the world’s third-highest-paid TV actor by Forbes. Kunal Nayyar was paid $20 million in 2015 and $23.5 million in 2018.

How did Kunal Nayyar earn his net worth?

Landing several roles, especially in “The Big Bang Theory” and “Sullivan and Son” helped the Indian-British actor become rich. While still attending the Temple University, Nayyar landed made his professional acting debut in the 2004 film “S.C.I.E.N.C.E”, where he had a minor role. After he earned his Master’s degree of Fine Arts in acting, he began auditioning for roles in television series.

In 2007, he made his television debut on the show “NCIS”. That same year, he defeated thousands of actors in the auditions and landed the role of Rajesh Kooothrappali in “The Big Bang Theory”. The CBS show started in September and for the first three seasons, Kunal was paid at most $30.000 per episode. After the fourth season, his slurry went up to approximately $120.000. By season ten, he reached the $1 million per episode parity with the other main stars (Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, and Kaley Cuoco). Overall, by the end of the series, in mid-May 2019, Kunal had earned more than $30 million, making him the third highest-paid television actor in the world.

Why is he so famous?

Kunal Nayyar became famous after joining “The Big Bang Theory” in the late 2000s. He was born on 30 April 1981, in Hounslow, London. His parents are Indian immigrants that moved to London in the late 1960s and early 1970s. When he was four years old, in 1985, his family moved back to their homeland of New Delhi, India. He attended the St Columbia’s School in New Delhi and eventually moved to the United States, while his parents remained there, where they still live to this day.

In 1999, he moved to Portland, Oregon, where he enrolled at the local university. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Finance from the University of Portland in the early 2000s. Immediately after that, he enrolled at the Temple University in Philadelphia. Concomitantly with attending both universities, he also began taking acting classes and took part in many school plays. He also partook in multiple plays and scenes at the American College Theater Festival, which inspired him to pursue an acting career.

What makes him so successful?

What makes this television superstar so successful is his incredibly funny acting skills. While being one of the main stars on the CBS hit series, the actor also joined many other films and television series. He became a main cast member of “Sanjay and Crage” (where he had a voice role) and “Sullivan and Son”. Most recently, he has transitioned into a voice artist/actor that took part in the latest “Ice Age” films – “Ice Age: Continental Drift” and “Ice Age: The Great Egg-Escapade”.

Outside of the television, Kunal Nayyar is also known as a passionate lover of the theatre. In between London, UK, and Washington/Los Angeles, US, he has taken part in a number of plays such as “Huck and Holden”, “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, and “The Spoils”. Since 2012, he has also taken part in a bunch of films, specifically thrillers and comedies like “Doctor Cabbie”, “The Scribbler”, “Consumed”, and “Think Like a Dog”.


Kunal Nayyar is now known for being one of the funny main cast members of “The Big Bang Theory”. He joined the series in the very first episode (that aired in April 2007) and quickly gained international popularity. In a little over a decade, his net worth went from $20.000 to $50 million and continues to rise.

Apart from earning himself millions of dollars, thanks to his outstanding performances, the actor has received six consecutive nominations for Screen Actors Guild Awards. Now, he’s gathered millions of fans from around the world and continues to star in television projects, with his most recently announced role being in the thriller series “Suspicious”, expected to be released sometime in 2021.

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