11:39am PT by Andy Lewis
'Big Bang Theory's' Kunal Nayyar Signs to Write Humorous Memoir (Exclusive)
Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar has inked a deal with Atria Books for a humorous memoir about growing up Indian.
Nayyar is best-known as astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali on the hit CBS sitcom, which began its seventh season on Sept. 26 to record premiere ratings.
The still untitled collection of essays will recount his childhood in India, being an exchange student at the University of Portland and his early years as an actor.
Born in London and raised in New Delhi, the 32-year-old Nayyar came to the U.S. in 1999 to attend college, where he discovered his love of acting.
Before landing the role on The Big Bang Theory, he performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the American Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington. He landed the role of Raj with only a small guest appearance on NCIS under his belt.
Unlike his fictional counterpart Raj, who gets tongue-tied around women, Nayyar married the 2006 Miss India winner, Neha Kapur, in December 2011.
"I've cleaned toilets in Portland, been held up for 76 cents in Philadelphia, and my first acting job on TV was playing a terrorist. Also my father thinks he's James Bond, and I once played a Star Wars board game for 36 straight hours. Then I married Miss India. So why not write a book? It's the logical next step," joked Nayyar in a statement about the project.
Publication is expected in 2015.
Rob Weisbach of Rob Weisbach Creative Management negotiated the deal on behalf of Nayyar, who is also represented by Innovative Artists and Lovett Management.
Peter Borland acquired it for Atria.