Richard Reyes Faulkerson Jr. (born January 2, 1992), popularly known by his stage name Alden Richards, is a Filipino actor, host, model and recording artist. He is best known as the other half of the AlDub love team opposite Maine Mendoza. The couple regularly appear in the Kalyeserye segment of Eat Bulaga! and now starring in their first Teleserye Destined to Be Yours. His other notable works include Alakdana, Tween Hearts, One True Love, Carmela, The Road, My Bebe Love #KiligPaMore and Imagine You and Me. He is also known for his role as Lakan in the reboot series of Encantadia. During the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television in 2015, Richards won his first Best Actor award for his portrayal of José Rizal in Ilustrado.
As a recording artist, Richards released two albums, a self-titled album in 2013 under Universal Records and Wish I May in 2015 under GMA Records. His eponymous album reached Platinum status while Wish I May reached Diamond status. He has released his third album, Say It Again and is doing well in record and iTunes sales. Richards who started as a model joined various male beauty pageants, appeared in various magazines and endorsed a number of products. He is also known for his philanthropy and took part in charitable works. His life story is featured in an episode of Magpakailanman and Richards released an autobiographical book entitled In My Own Words in July 2015 under Summit Media. The BBC described AlDub as a "phenomenal television and social media success in the Philippines".
Alden Richards was born Richard Reyes Faulkerson, Jr. on January 2, 1992 in Santa Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines. He is the second child of Richard Peralta Faulkerson, Sr. of Ermita, Manila and Rosario Reyes, a native of Pampanga. He has two siblings, an older brother and a younger sister. Richards is of American descent through his paternal grandfather, whom he has never met personally. Growing up, Richards wanted to be a pilot but his mother urged him to pursue acting instead.
After his mother died, to support his family financially and to fulfill his mother's wish for him to be an actor, Richards decided to join various male beauty pageants in Laguna and worked as a part-time commercial model. He holds the titles Ginoong Sta Rosa 2009 and Ginoong Laguna 2010. He also tried to be in the reality television shows StarStruck and Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash of 2010 but both auditions failed. He also appeared on a television commercial for a multivitamins product. He studied high school at Paco Catholic School in Paco, Manila and Colegio de Santa Rosa de Lima High School where he graduated. He studied but failed to finish a business administration degree at De La Salle Canlubang in Biñan City, Laguna.
- Name: Alden Richards
- Birthday: January 2, 1992
- Occupation: actor, host, model and recording artist