Denise Lee Richards was born in Illinios, Chicago on February 17, 1971. Her mother was a coffee shop owner whilst her father was a telephone engineer. Richards has one sister. Richards began her acting career in 1990's appearing in Low Budget films and tv shows. She would later make guest appearances in well known tv shows such as Seinfeld and 90210. She later starred in cult film Starship Troopers and romantic-comedy film Love Actually.