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 the 1990s, most notably appearing in the 1994 - 2004 US Sitcom Friends. She would later make guest appearances in well known TV shows such as Seinfeld and 90210. She later starred in cult film Starship Troopers, crime-thriller film Wild Things and romantic-comedy film Love Actually. She also appears in reality series The Real Housewife of Beverly Hills for two seasons and portrayed as Shauna Fulton in the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.