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Rati Gupta is a rare breed of professional hip hop dancer turned comedy actor, writer and story teller, known for her role in CBS’s immensely popular “The Big Bang Theory” playing ‘Raj’s’ fiancé ‘Anu’ in the 12th and FINAL season of the award-winning series. Gupta also has a recurring role in the Seth Rogen/Josh Hutcherson produced HULU comedy series “Future Man” and the upcoming Netflix limited series “Unbelievable” from ERIN BROCKOVICH writer Susannah Grant co-starring opposite Academy Award nominee Toni Collette.
‘Anu’ the fiancé of beloved social anxiety-prone ‘Raj’ (Kunal Nayyar) in CBS’s Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning series “The Big Bang Theory.” Set up as an arranged marriage by Raj’s Indian father, Anu’s dominant personally easily fits with Raj’s more meek traits. She is ambitious and successful with the desire to one day own her own hotel, something that intrigues and attracts Raj to her. The season marked the 12th and final season of the beloved show which still averaged nearly 20 million weekly viewers and was the #1 most watched show on the air.
In HULU’s comedy series “Future Man,” ‘Josh Futturman’ (Josh Hutcherson), a janitor by day and a gamer by night, is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time to prevent the extinction of humanity. Gupta stars as ‘Rake,’ a carefree and fun member of the future humans who is married to ‘Wolf’ (Derek Wilson), the lead character who has recruited ‘Josh’. The Saturn Award-nominated series, executive produced by Seth Rogen, premiered to positive ratings with an 82% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with Roger Ebert saying “Everything feels meticulously, lovingly plotted by the show's creators, but as it's happening it leads to numerous surprises and big laughs. Future Man is what happens when giddy, geeky and inspired storytelling is allowed to go full throttle.”
Proving her versatile acting chops, Gupta lends her talent as ‘Sally Green’ in Netflix’s upcoming limited drama series “Unbelievable” which follows the story of ‘Marie’ (Kaitlyn Dever), a teenager who is charged with lying about being raped, and the two female detectives (Toni Collette & Merritt Wever) who followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth. Co-written by Susannah Grant, who also serves as showrunner, “Unbelievable” is based on The Marshall Project and ProPublica Pulitzer Prize-winning December 2015 article, An Unbelievable Story of Rape, written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, and the This American Life radio episode about the same case, “Anatomy of Doubt.” Gupta has also made guest appearances on various TV series such as Pamela Adlon’s critically acclaimed FX show “Better Things.”
Raised in Michigan City, Indiana, Gupta grew up highly multi-faceted from a young age – dancing on the UDA’s “All Star” dance team, starring on her cheer competition team, playing Varsity tennis and golf and becoming her school’s salutatorian. She went on to Northwestern University as a pre-med and psychology double major. A lifelong fan of hip-hop dance (thanks to the style, dance and music of Janet Jackson), she joined ‘Boomshaka,’ Northwestern’s premiere drum, dance, and rhythm ensemble, ultimately becoming the group’s director. From there her love of dance (and suppressed desire to be a backup dancer for music videos) took over and she moved to Los Angeles where she became a premiere dancer at The Edge studio, dancing 16 hours a day, appearing in videos for Lupe Fiasco and Flo Rida. Gupta began taking acting classes and was noticed by Lesly Kahn who singled her out as funny and put her in her advanced acting courses. Not seeing roles that represented her, Gupta began writing ferociously and performing stand-up. She began traveling the country performing humorous retellings of her personal experiences and was selected as one of “Emerging Screenwriters Top 100 List”. Gupta is a 3-time champion of The Moth StorySlam, and her debut one-chick storytelling show, “Not Another Teen Solo Show”, was nominated and named one of the Top 3 Performances of the New York International Fringe Festival by Backstage.