Early life, family, educational background
Indian actress, model, and former beauty queen Neha Kapur, was born on 31 March 1984, in New Delhi, India, and was raised in a Hindu family with two older brothers. Her mother is from Bihar, and her father is from Punjab.
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She began taking dance lessons when she was eight, and learned classical dance forms. She was trained in Bharatanatyam for four years and eight years in Kathak. She has a fashion design degree from the Pearl Academy.
In Neha’s teenage years she began modeling, and was signed to Elite Model Management in April 2003.
In India, she is an established catwalk model.
After earning her degree in Fashion and Design, in 2006 she entered the Femina Miss India pageant and won; other special awards she received were Miss Fresh Face and Miss Photogenic. After winning Femina Miss India, Neha represented India at the Miss Universe pageant later that year on 23 July in Los Angeles, and made it into the top 20. In an interview, she shared that she loves modeling because it allows her to meet a lot of people and travel the world. She has visited many places, including Ecuador, Zambia and Cannes.
Her pageantry titles and having been in Miss Universe helped improve her reputation in modeling. She has subsequently graced the cover of various magazines, including Elle, India Today, Femina, and L’Officiel. She has also worked for well-known brands such as Tuscan Verve, Pantaloons, and Sunsilk.
She owns Hensley, a luxury clothing line based on her personal fashion sense. She promotes her line on Instagram, along with the caption ‘Embracing femininity and the individual.’ Kunal is a supportive husband and often encourages her work on his Instagram.
In an interview with Vogue India, Neha shared how she met her husband at a party in 2008. She liked his fashion sense, and he felt it was love at first sight, and wanted to hook up that night. He was not put off with Neha being taller than him, and he still wanted to get to know her better. They had a drink together, and the rest is history.
After three years of dating, Neha married Kunal on 22 December 2011 in a fun, colorful ceremony with tons of food. She wore a Tarun Tahiliani gown.
Their pre-wedding events, mehendi and haldi and their ceremony were strictly Punjabi, and the wedding lasted for six days and had a thousand guests. According to tradition, Kunal had to arrive at the wedding on a white horse. He told Vogue that he shivered when he saw Neha walking down the aisle because she was so beautiful, adding that he would never forget his wedding.
Neha and Kunal live in Los Angeles, but she feels that her heart is in Delhi. She compares their house to a baby, and is obsessed with keeping it clean and organized. She has said that she loves her house because it has pieces of her culture in it, and it provides freedom and space.
Their home is a 1948 Spanish Hacienda with modern décor mixed with an Indian influence, and was featured in the September 2017 issue of Architectural Digest. According to the magazine, the home feels like a sanctuary. The value of their home is unknown, but has been estimated at over seven figures according to its size and location.
Neha has black hair and dark brown eyes. She is 5ft 9in (1.75m) tall, weighs around 120lbs (55kgs), and her vital statistics are 32-32-37.
Net worth and salary
Her net worth is estimated at over $15 million, as of mid-2020.
Who is Kunal Nayyar?
British-Indian actor Kunal Nayyar was born on 30 April 1981 in Hounslow, London, United Kingdom – his parents are Indian immigrants. When he was four-years-old, his family moved back to New Delhi, where Kunal attended St Columba’s School, and played badminton on the school’s team.
He is best known for playing Rajesh Koothrappali from 2007 to 2019 in the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”
In 1999 Kunal moved to the United States to study at the University of Portland, Oregon.
He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and appeared in university productions while studying there. He decided to pursue acting professionally after participating in the American College Theater Festival, and studied for a Master of Fine Arts in acting at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He appeared in television ads in the US, and several productions in London. In 2006 he played an Indian exchange student in the West Coast production of “Huck & Holden” by Rajiv Joseph.
His character was excited about living in America, and experiencing all it has to offer before going back home. The role was also what first gained him popularity in the US.
In 2007 Kunal’s agent encouraged him to audition for a CBS pilot of “The Big Bang Theory” as a scientist, and he was cast as Rajesh Koothrappali, an astrophysicist, appearing up ‘til now.
He was listed as the third-highest-paid television actor by Forbes in 2015 and 2018. He earned $20 million in 2015 and $23.5 million in 2018, and has a net worth estimated at over $50 million as of mid-2020.