Denise Richards (born February 17, 1971) is an American actress, television personality, and former fashion model.

Her most recognized roles are Carmen Ibanez in Starship Troopers (1997)

She has also appeared in films Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), Valentine (2001), Undercover Brother (2002), 

Her television roles include Paramount Network's sitcom Blue Mountain State (2010–2011)

Richards starred on the E! reality show Denise Richards: It's Complicated (2008–2009) and Bravo's reality television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (2019–2020).

In 2011, Richards published a memoir, The Real Girl Next Door, which became a New York Times Best Seller.

Richards was born in Downers Grove, Illinois,to Joni (née Braden), a coffee shop owner, and Irv Richards, a telephone engineer

whose father's surname was Reichert. Her mother died of cancer in November 2007.

In 1989, she graduated from El Camino High School.