Richard Faulkerson, Jr., also known by the screen name Alden Richards, is a Filipino television actor,
host, and model currently signed with GMA Network. He is best known for his roles in Alakdana, Tween Hearts, Karelasyon, One True Love, his breakthrough movie, The Road, and the live Kalye Serye with Yaya Dub in Eat Bulaga. In May 2013, he released his debut album under Universal Records.
Richards was born on January 2, 1992 in Sta.Rosa, Laguna, Philippines. He is the second child of Richard Faulkerson Sr., a native of Laguna, and Rosario Reyes, a native of Pampanga. He was a Business Administration student of De La Salle Canlubang in Biñan City, Laguna before he became an actor. Growing up, he wanted to be a pilot but his mother dreamt of him becoming an actor and urged him to pursue acting although he was hesitant to do it initially. After his mother died, to support his family financially and fulfill his mother's wish for him to be an actor, he decided to try his luck in show business by joining various male 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 auditioned for StarStruck, but failed to be a part of the reality show. He appeared on a television commercial for a multivitamins product