Karan Brar (born January 18, 1999) is an American actor, best known for his child roles as Chirag Gupta in the Wimpy Kid feature film franchise, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, as well as for his co-starring role as Ravi Ross on the Disney Channel Original Series Jessie, and its subsequent spin-off Bunk'd.
Brar in 2011
|Born||January 18, 1999|
Redmond, Washington, U.S.
Karan Brar was born on January 18, 1999 in Redmond, Washington, to parents Harinder and Jasbinder Brar, who are of Indian ancestry. He was raised in Bothell, Washington, and has one older sibling, a sister named Sabreena. Brar attended Cedar Wood Elementary School and studied acting at John Robert Powers and Patti Kalles workshops.
Brar began his acting career at the age of 11, starring as Indian middle schooler Chirag Gupta in the comedy feature film Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Born and raised in the United States, Brar naturally speaks with an American accent and worked with a dialect coach to perfect his Indian accent for the role.
In March 2011, Brar reprised his role as Chirag Gupta in the feature film sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. In October 2011, it was confirmed that he would also be reprising his role as Chirag for the third installment of the Wimpy Kid franchise, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, released on August 3, 2012. In April 2010, he appeared in the Seeds of Compassion advertorial campaign announcing the Dalai Lama's visit to Seattle, as well as appearing in commercials for Shell Gasoline and Committee for Children.
Brar began starring in the role of 10-year-old Indian adoptee Ravi Ross on the Disney Channel comedy series Jessie in September 2011. During pre-production of the show, the role of Ravi was originally intended to be an Hispanic boy named Javier from South America, but casting directors were impressed with Brar during the audition process and ultimately decided to recreate the role for him.
In February 2015, a new Disney Channel series Bunk'd, a spin-off of Jessie, was announced, in which Brar would reprise his role as Ravi Ross, co-starring alongside Peyton List and Skai Jackson. That year, he played the role of George in the Disney channel original movie Invisible Sister. In 2018, he had minor role in sci-fi movie Pacific Rim: Uprising.
Brar lives in the Los Angeles area with his parents and older sister. He is fluent in English, Punjabi and Hindi. When he is not busy working, Brar enjoys figure skating, roller skating, swimming, hip-hop dancing, rapping and playing video games. He also starred in one of YouTuber Lilly Singh's videos.
|2010||Diary of a Wimpy Kid||Chirag Gupta|
|2011||Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules|
|2012||Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days|
|2014||Mr. Peabody & Sherman||Mason||Voice role|
|2018||Pacific Rim Uprising||Cadet Suresh|
|2011–2015||Jessie||Ravi Ross||Main role|
|2012–2013||Pair of Kings||Tito||Episode: "I Know What You Did Last Sunday"|
|2013||Sofia the First||Prince Zandar||Voice role; 4 episodes (season 1)|
|2013–2015||Teens Wanna Know||Himself||3 episodes|
|2013–2014||Pass the Plate||Co-host; 11 episodes|
|2014||Lab Rats||Kal Zar||Episode: "Alien Gladiators"|
|Chasing LA||Himself||Web series; 1 episode|
|Storyline Online||Web series; 1 episode|
|2015–2018||Bunk'd||Ravi Ross||Main role, 58 episodes|
|2015||Invisible Sister||George||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2016||The Night Shift||Omed||Episode: "The Thing With Feathers"|
|2018||Youth & Consequences||Dipankar Gosh||Recurring role; YouTube Red series|
|2018||Champions (U.S. TV series)||Arjun||Guest star; one episode|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast
(with Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick,
Alex Ferris, Chloë Grace Moretz, Laine MacNeil and Grayson Russell)
|Diary of a Wimpy Kid||Won|||
|2012||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor||Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules||Nominated|||
|Best Performance in a TV series – Supporting Young Actor||Jessie||Won|||
|2013||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor||Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days||Nominated|||
|Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast
(with Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Peyton List, Laine MacNeil
Connor & Owen Fielding, Devon Bostick and Grayson Russell)
|Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days||Won|||
|Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actor||Jessie||Nominated|||
|2014||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program (Series or Special)||Jessie||Nominated|||
- "Karan Brar's Official Website". KaranBrar.com. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- "Karan Brar - "Ravi Ross"". DisneyChannelMedianet.com. Archived from the original on October 20, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- "Eastsider Karan Brar, age 11, has key role in 'Wimpy Kid'". The Seattle Times. March 18, 2010.
- "Bothell's kid: Brar scores acting success with 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' films". Bothell Reporter. April 8, 2011.
- "Director's Commentary". 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules' DVD. June 21, 2011.
- "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
- "Interview: Disney Channel's "Jessie" cast tells all". DaemonsTV.com. September 30, 2011.
- "Disney's New Show 'Jessie' Casting Starring Roles". New Faces. May 23, 2011.
- "An interview with Cameron Boyce from "Jessie"". PopCulturePassionistas.com. September 28, 2011.
- "An Interview with Karan Brar from "Jessie"". PopCulturePassionistas.com. September 27, 2011.
- Andreeva, Nellie (February 25, 2015). "Disney Channel's 'Jessie' Ending Run, But Spinoff Series Set With Stars Peyton List, Karan Brar & Skai Jackson". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- Wagmeister, Elizabeth (2015-02-27). "'Jessie' Star Karan Brar to Co-star in Disney Channel Original Movie 'Invisible Sister'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
- N'Duka, Amanda (2016-10-18). "Pacific Rim 2 Casts Karan Brar; Neil Brown Jr. Joins Marlon Wayans In 'Naked'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
- Thevarajah, Gayathiri (April 26, 2012). "Karan Brar Makes Waves In The World Of Disney". Anokhi Magazine. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
- IISuperwoman. "How I Deal With Kids". Youtube. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
- "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on August 8, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
- "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on April 2, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
- "NAACP Image Awards 2014: Television". Archived from the original on March 24, 2014.