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 .

Early life

Karan Brar was born on January 18, 1999 in Redmond, Washington, to parents Harinder and Jasbinder Brar, who are of Indian ancestry. [2] [3] [4] [5] He was raised in Bothell, Washington, and has one older sibling, a sister named Sabreena. [3] [4] [5] Brar attended Cedar Wood Elementary School and studied acting at John Robert Powers and Patti Kalles workshops. [2] [4]

Career

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 . [3] [4] 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. [4]

In March 2011, Brar reprised his role as Chirag Gupta in the feature film sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules . [3] 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. [5] 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. [3] [5]

Brar begain starring in the role of 10-year-old Indian adoptee Ravi Ross on the Disney Channel comedy series Jessie in September 2011. [3] [8] 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. [9] [21] [22]

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. [649]

Personal life

Brar lives in the Los Angeles area with his parents and older sister. [3] He is fluent in English, Punjabi and Hindi. [2] [13] When he is not busy working, Brar enjoys figure skating, roller skating, swimming, hip-hop dancing, rapping and playing video games. [2] [3] He also starred in one of YouTuber Lilly Singh's videos.

Filmography

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
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 Suresh Post-production
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
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–present Bunk'd Ravi Ross Main role
2015 Invisible Sister George Disney Channel Original Movie
2016 The Night Shift Omed Episode: " The Thing With Feathers "

Awards and nominations

Awards
Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
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 [96]
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Nominated [113]
Best Performance in a TV series – Supporting Young Actor Jessie Won [113]
2013 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Nominated [141]
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 [141]
Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actor Jessie Nominated [141]
2014 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program (Series or Special) Jessie Nominated [27]