Riya sen is an Indian film actress and model. Riya, who comes from a family of actors including her grandmother Suchitra Sen, mother Moon Moon Sen and sister Raima Sen.
She began her acting career in 1991 as a child actress in the film Vishkanya.
Her father Bharat Dev Varma is a member of the royal family of Tripura. Her paternal grandmother, Ila Devi, was the princess of Cooch Behar, whose younger sister Gayatri Devi was the Maharani of Jaipur.
Riya completed her schooling at Loreto House and Rani Birla Girls' College, both in Kolkata. Thereafter, she studied at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, and she took up jewellery-designing as a hobby. She designs most of the clothes that she wears in films and commercials.
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 in 1998.
Her first major commercial success in her film career was with Style, a 2001 Hindi low-budget sex comedy directed by N. Chandra.
Apart from Hindi, she has also acted in Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and English films.
She was dating actor Ashmit Patel, with whom she was allegedly involved in a major MMS controversy showing the couple in a compromising position.
In 2007, she was ranked ninth on Femina’s list of 50 Most Beautiful Women.
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.
In August 2017, Riya Sen got married to her boyfriend Shivam Tewari in a private Bengali Hindu ceremony.