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Look Back at Denise Richards' Impressive Movie and Television Career

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum has over 100 movie and television credits to her name. 

By Talia Ergas

Bravo fans know Denise Richards as a movie and TV actress who was cast on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for two seasons. But if you were to check out her IMDB page, you may be surprised by just how many acting credits Denise has to her name.

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She's appeared in and starred in well over 100 movies and television series, from leading roles to cameos, as well as a few music videos. And, of course, there's her reality television career, which is not limited to her time on RHOBH

Below, we recap Denise's Hollywood highlights. 

Denise Richards’ Movie Roles

Starship Troopers (1997)

Casper Van Dien and Denise Richards on the set of Starship Troopers disecting an animal.

Denise played Carmen Ibanez in the 1997 action Sci-Fi film Starship Troopers. The film was about humans who waged war with giant alien bugs in a fascist, militaristic future . Denise’s character, Carmen, was a captain in the United Citizen Federation Fleet.

Wild Things (1998)

Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards, Neve Campbell and Matt Dillon pose together to promote the movie Wild Things

One of Denise’s most famous roles came in the 1998 crime drama Wild Things, which followed a police detective who uncovered a conspiracy involving a high school guidance counselor accused of raping two students. Denise played Kelly Van Ryan, one of the students who alleged the rape.

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Denise Richards and Pierce Brosnan filming on location for the film The World is Not Enough

Denise played research scientist Dr. Christmas Jones in the 1999 action thriller The World Is Not Enough, which featured Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

Amy Adams, Brittany Murphy, Denise Richards, and Kirsten Dunst while filming the movie Drop Dead Gorgeous

In 1999, Denise played Rebecca Ann Leeman in the romantic comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous. In the film about an annual small-town beauty pageant, Denise played one of the pageant contenders. She starred alongside Kirsten Dunst (Amber Atkins), Ellen Barkin (Annette), and Kirsty Alley, who played her mother, Gladys.

Valentine (2001)

Denise also had a starring role in the 2001 slasher film Valentine. She played Paige Prescott, one of five friends who is stalked by a killer wearing a Cupid mask in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day.

Undercover Brother (2002)

In the 2002 action-comedy Undercover Brother, Denise played the White She Devil/Penelope Snow, who falls in love with Eddie Griffin’s character, Undercover Brother.

Scary Movie 3 (2003)

In the 2003 spoof comedy Scary Movie 3, Denise played Annie Logan, who is split in half at the waist against a tree during a car accident.

Love Actually (2003)

Denise had a brief cameo as Carla, the Real Friendly One, in the 2003 cult-favorite romantic comedy Love Actually.

Madea’s Witness Protection (2012)

Denise had a role in the 2012 Tyler Perry film Madea’s Witness Protection. The story followed an investment banker who was set up as the linchpin of his company's mob-backed Ponzi scheme and is relocated with his family to Aunt Madea's southern home.

Denise played Kate Needleman, the wife of protagonist Goerge Needleman (played by Eugene Levy).

Other movie roles, including Tammy and the T-Rex with Paul Walker

According to her IMDB page, Denise has landed over 118 movie and TV movie roles including playing Tammy alongside Paul Walker in Tammy and the T-Rex (1994), Cindy Styne in Good Advice (2001), Lauren Crandell in I Do (But I Don’t) (2004), Barbara Robinson in Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012), Gretchen Blair in Altitude (2017), and Kit Ash in The Housekeeper (2023).

Denise Richards’ television acting career

Two and a Half Men (2003-2011)

Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen on the set of Two and a Half Men

Denise appeared in three episodes of the comedy series Two and a Half Men as Lisa, a love interest of Charlie Sheen’s character, Charlie Harper. Denise and Charlie were married in real life between 2002 and 2006, according to People.

Blue Mountain State (2010-2011)

Denise appeared in 18 episodes of the sitcom Blue Mountain State between 2010 and 2011. In the series about a football player at a Midwestern college, Denise played Debra, the coach’s ex-wife.

Twisted (2013-2014)

Between 2013 and 2014, Denise played Karen Desai (the mother of the lead character) on the mystery-thriller series Twisted, which was about a teen with a troubled past who becomes the prime suspect in a murder case.

The Bold and the Beautiful (2019-present)

Denise Richards wears a yellow bodycon dress for The Bold And The Beautiful press portrait.

Denise’s longest-running television role is as Shauna Fulton on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Between 2019 and the present day, Denise acted in over 190 episodes of the drama series about high fashion glamour, romance, and family.

Denise Richards’ reality TV shows

Denise Richards: It’s Complicated (2008-2009)

In Denise Richards: It’s Complicated, Denise gave viewers a peek into her real life as she navigated her acting career, love, and motherhood. The series ran between 2008 and 2009 and had two seasons.

Her daughters, Sami Sheen and Lola Rose Sheen, also appeared in the series, as well as a number of celebrity cameos including Larry King and Katherine von Drachenberg.

Dancing with the Stars (2009)

Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy dancing together while competing on Dancing with the Stars.

Denise competed on Season 8 of Dancing with the Stars, paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. 

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (2019-2020)

Denise Richards wears an off white gown with a slit for a portrait.

Denise joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for Season 9 and came back in Season 10. During her time on the series, she had a falling out with her longtime friend, Lisa Rinna, and she famously delivered the now-iconic line, “Bravo, Bravo, F--king Bravo.” She also married Aaron Phypers on the show in Season 9. After her two-season run, she confirmed she was leaving the series in September 2020.

Denise Richards’ music video appearances

Denise has appeared in three music videos.

In 1997, she was in in Blues Traveler’s “Canadian Rose” music video.

She later appeared in Snoop Dogg’s “Undercova Funk (Give Up The Funk)” video in 2002, which was recorded for the movie Undercover Brother in which she also appeared.

She starred alongside French singer-songwriter Sébastien Tellier in his “Lovely Blonde” music video in 2017.

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