Richard Reyes Faulkerson, Jr., also known by the stage name Alden Richards, is a Filipino television actor, host, model and recording artist currently signed with GMA Network. He is best known for his roles in Alakdana, Tween Hearts, One True Love, Carmela, The Road, and the live KalyeSerye segment of Eat Bulaga!. In May 2013, he released his debut album, Alden Richards (EP), under Universal Records.
Alden 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.