Who is Neha Kapur?
Neha Kapur was born on 31 March 1984, in New Delhi, India. She is a model, actress, and former beauty queen, but who is perhaps best known for her marriage to actor Kunal Nayyar. Her husband is known for his work in “The Big Bang Theory”, in which he portrayed the character Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappalli or Raj.
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The Net Worth of Neha Kapur
Neha Kapur has a net worth estimated to be over $15 million which resulted from a combination of her achievements as well as her association with Nayyar.
Her husband has a net worth of $45 million thanks largely to his work in “The Big Bang Theory”, for which he has a reputed salary of around $800,000 per episode.
Early Life, Education, and Career
Neha grew up in New Delhi, and was raised in a Punjabi family who practiced Hinduism. At a young age, she took up lessons in classical dance – two of the major dances she trained in include Bharatanatyam which is one of the eight forms of dance focusing on South Indian themes of religion and spirituality; the other is Kathak which originated from northern Indian bards who travelled around as storytellers.
After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at Pearl Academy where she took up a degree in fashion design. The school is known for offering degrees in fashion, business, media, and design. In 2006, she competed in Femina Miss India which is the national competition to help select representatives from India to compete in the Big Four major international beauty pageants. As the name denotes, it is organized by the women’s magazine called “Femina”. She won that year and was rewarded with the Femina Miss Fresh Face award as well as the Miss Photogenic award.
Miss Universe India 2006 – Neha Kapur TOP – 20 at Miss Universe
She then represented her country in the Miss Universe pageant, which was held in Los Angeles and she reached the final 20 of the competition.
Husband – Kunal Nayyar
Kunal is also of Punjabi descent, though he was born in London before the family returned to India – he grew up in New Delhi. He showed athletic inclinations at a young age, playing badminton while attending St. Columba’s School. After matriculating from high school, he moved to the US to enroll at the University of Portland, Oregon. He didn’t intend on pursuing a career in acting at first, taking up a degree in Business Administration with a focus on finance.
During his time there, he developed an interest in the arts, took acting classes and participated in several plays. He then became a part of the American College Theater Festival, which convinced him that he wanted to become a professional actor. After completing his undergraduate degree, he enrolled at Philadelphia’s Temple University to study for a Master’s degree in Fine Arts, with a focus on acting. With the completion of his studies, he began taking up roles in stage plays in London, while also doing television advertisements.
Rise to Fame and Big Bang Theory – Kunal Nayyar
One of Kunal’s first notable projects was in the play “Huck & Holden”, portraying an Indian exchange student who wants to experience the culture of America before he returns home. Meantime he wrote the play “Cotton Candy”, which gained positive reviews in his home country. One of his first television roles was a guest appearance in “NCIS”, in which he portrayed an Iraq terrorist.
Following that appearance, he became interested in portraying a scientist for an upcoming CBS pilot leading him to audition.
This would eventually turn into his role as astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali in the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”. The series follows the story of five characters living in Pasadena, socially awkward friends and co-workers who eventually cross the path of a waitress who is also an aspiring actress.
The show was filmed in front of a live audience, and initially had mixed reviews.
However, as the years progressed, it gained more favor, becoming a top rated show for most of its run. The show has won several Emmy Awards, mostly thanks to Jim Parsons and his portrayal of the character Sheldon Cooper.
Neha married Kunal in 2011 – they’ve not shown any intention of having children. She works as a model and actress, residing in Los Angeles alongside her husband.
Most of the public appearances she’s made are alongside her husband, as she supported him in his work in “The Big Bang Theory”, which ended in 2019 after a 12 year run. Not a lot of her work in centered in the US, as she frequently returns to India to work as a model. She’s been featured in numerous local publications, including “Vogue India”. Her work takes her to various international locations, and she is joined by her husband when he is free.