From Kunal Nayyar to Lilly Singh, Nine Indian Origin Actors Gaining Stardom from American ShowsHollywood News

April 08, 2019 05:41
From Kunal Nayyar to Lilly Singh, Nine Indian Origin Actors Gaining Stardom from American Shows

Regardless of where Indians invariably do their best in their walk of life to make their native land proud. Since long there has been the unrivalled rise of Indians in American television shows.

From Kunal Nayyar to Lilly Singh and Mindy Kaling, many actors of Indian origin are creating waves on American television shows.

Kunal Nayyar

(Source: Screener)

Born in Hounslow, London, to a Punjabi family, Kunal Nayyar currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He rose to fame as Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali or Raj on the show "The Big Bang Theory". He was also seen in shows like "Prison Break" and "The Mindy Project".

Hasan Minhaj

(Source: Hollywood Reporter)

Born and raised in Davis, California, Hasan Minhaj comes from a North Indian Muslim family originally from Aligarh and Seohara in Uttar Pradesh, India.

The Indian-American comedian found global fame when he gave words to his story through the stage production turned comedy special "Homecoming King".

Hasan got his big break when he became a part of "The Daily Show". Hasan recently received a backlash from netizens over his stint on Netflix show "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" in which he took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Kal Penn

(Source: Heightline)

Born in Montclair, New Jersey, to Gujarati Indian immigrant parents, Kal Penn, the "Harold & Kumar" actor is known for portraying Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the television programme "House". In 2016, he began playing Seth Wright in the political drama "Designated Survivor" and later served as host of the game show "Superhuman".

Mindy Kaling

(Source: Time Magazine)

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Indian parents, Mindy Kaling played Kelly Kapoor in "The Office" sitcom from 2005 to 2013. Recognition for her work on "The Office" include a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series in 2010. She gained wider attention for creating, writing, producing and starring in "The Mindy Project" comedy series.

Lilly Singh

(Source: Public Radio International)

Born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario to Punjabi family, Lilly Singh is popular across the globe as Superwoman. She rose to fame with her YouTube channel. In 2017, she was ranked 10th on the Forbes list of the world's highest-paid YouTube stars. On the small screen, Lilly will be hosting a new late night talk show for NBC titled "A Little Late with Lilly Singh".

Aziz Ansari

(Source: Vanity Fair)

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, to a Tamil Muslim family from Tamil Nadu, India, Aziz Ansari is known for his role as Tom Haverford on the series "Parks and Recreation", and as creator and star of the Netflix series "Master of None".

Ansari began his career performing stand-up comedy in New York City in the mid-2000s while attending New York University. In 2007, he created and starred in the MTV sketch comedy show "Human Giant", which ran for two seasons.

Sendhil Ramamurthy

(Source: The Teal Mango)

Born in Chicago to Tamil parents, Sendhil Ramamurthy is best known for his role as geneticist Mohinder Suresh in the sci-fi drama "Heroes". He has also been a part of shows like "Grey's Anatomy", "Numb3rs", "CSI: Miami", "Beauty & the Beast", "Family Guy" and "New Amsterdam".

Padma Lakshmi

(Source: Fortune)

Born in Chennai, Padma Lakshmi has been the host of the American cooking competition programme "Top Chef" since season two in 2006, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2009 for Outstanding Reality Host.

Punam Patel


The actress is set as a series regular opposite Kenan Thompson and Andy Garcia in the single-camera comedy pilot "The Kenan Show". She will reportedly play Erica, Kenan's loyal friend and co-worker.

-Sangam Sowmya


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