Riya Sen born Riya Dev Varma on 24 January 1981 is an Indian film actress and model. She hails from a family of actors including her grandmother Suchitra Sen, mother Moon Moon Sen and sister Raima Sen. She started her acting career in 1991 as a child artiste in the film 'Vishkanya'. Her first commercial success came with the film 'Style', a 2001 Hindi low-budget sex comedy, directed by N. Chandra. Some of her other films include producer Pritish Nandy's musical film, 'Jhankaar Beats' (2001) in Hinglish, 'Shaadi No. 1' (2005) and the Malayalam horror film, 'Ananthabhadram' (2005).
Riya was first recognised as a model when she performed in Falguni Pathak's music video 'Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi' at the age of sixteen. Since then, she has appeared in music videos, television commercials, fashion shows and on magazine covers. She has a huge fanbase and is known for her gorgeous smile. Riya has worked as an activist and appeared in an AIDS awareness music video with the aim of dispelling popular myths about the disease. She also helped raise funds for pediatric eye-care.