American actor Nik Dodani is best known for his role as Zahid in Netflix's Atypical. He is also prominent for starring as Pat Patel in the sitcom Murphy Brown.
Let's discover more about Nik Dodani in seven interesting facts.
Born on December 19, 1993, Nik Dodani is currently 26 years old. Dodani is 5 feet tall (1.52 m).
As much as we would like to discuss about Dodani parents, there is barely any information available about his family. Nevertheless, digging deep into his Instagram account, we found out that he has a sister, Shannon Dodani.
The 26 years old actor has 337k followers on Instagram. His Instagram handle is @nikdodani. Dodani doesn't have a official Twitter account, though.
It is pretty evident that Dodani is a huge fan of J. K. Rowling novel based British-American film series, Harry Potter. You, too, can follow the 26 years old actor on Instagram and know more about him and his upcoming projects.
Dodani made his debut into the showbiz with the television series Living with Abandon at the age of 15. He had a primary role in the series, playing as Paku alongside actors Josh Meyers, Melissa Peterman, Ed Quinn, Todd Grinnell, and Rachel Specter.
Dodani took a break for six years, and during this long hiatus, he moved to Los Angeles and joined Occidental College. Nevertheless, he made a comeback in 2014, appearing in two shows, The Comeback, and Selfie.
Dodani studied politics at Occidental College, so it is only natural for him to show interest in public affairs. During the presidential election of 2016, the 26 years old actor initiated the political-themed comedy contest, Laughter Trumps Hate.
The competition allowed stand-ups, sketch artists, and impressionists to criticize Donald Trump in a jocular way for something he previously said or had done.
On top of that, Dodani also worked as a communications consultant at an issue advocacy firm called RALLY. Moreover, he was a graphic designer and student organizer in Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 Senate campaign.
Nik has been successful in garnering positive reviews from his movie and television show's appearance. His first movie Other People collected $91,441 worldwide. Since then, Dodani has appeared in altogether six movies. Currently, he is working in an upcoming comedy film Mark, Mary & Some Other People alongside Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Joe Lo Truglio.
Dodani has also appeared in altogether ten television shows, among which he had primary roles in series as Atypical and Murphy Brown. From the television shows, Dodani reportedly made $20,000 to $50,000. Besides, Dodani co-starred psychological horror film Escape Room grossed over $155 million worldwide.
In addition to stand-ups, he has also made his venture into screenwriting and is all set to write a screenplay for the movie that will be based on Rakesh Satyal's novel Blue Boy. Moreover, on February 7, 2019, Nik Dodani walked the runway during The 3rd Annual Blue Jacket Fashion Show. All of these has helped the 26 years old actor in amassing the net worth of $600 thousand.
The 26 years old actor grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona to which he once said,
"Arizona is a very conservative state, notorious in the U.S. for its issues with immigration, so needless to say, it was not easy growing up there. I wasn’t around many openly gay people."
On top of that, his Indian heritage made it difficult for him to come out of the closet. Nevertheless, at the age of 17, he moved to Los Angeles and started acknowledging a strong sense of belonging to a LGBTQ community.
In the process, he lost few friends, the one who "couldn’t support my sinful soul." Still, his family, especially his father, was quick to embrace Dodani association with the LGBTQ, exclaiming, "Nikhil, I have never had a problem with gay people, but now it is personal. If anybody ever says anything, I will tear them to shreds."
Currently, he uses his brilliant and hilarious stand-up sets to discuss the critical issue related to race and LGBTQ. According to several sources, the 26 years old is in a relationship with Michael P. Johnson. Both have been dating since 2015 and often appear in each other's Instagram account.
Dodani plays as Zahid Raja in the Netflix's coming-of-age television series Atypical. His character is the close friend of Sam Gardner, played by Keir Gilchrist. However, this is not the first time Dodani and Gilchrist have worked together. Both shared the screen in the thriller film The Good Neighbor back in 2016.