Riya Sen (born Dev Varma;) is an Indian film actress and model. Riya comes from Royal ancestry. Her father Bharat Dev Varma hails from the royal family Tripura . He is the son of Ila Devi Princess of cooch behar and nephew of Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur. Riya’s mother Moon Moon Sen and grandmother Suchitra sen are reputed veteran actors . Riya began her acting career in 1991 as a child actress in the film Vishkanya. Her first commercial success in her film career was with Style, a 2001 Hindi low-budget comedy directed by N. Chandra. Some of her other notable films include producer Pritish Nandy's musical film, Jhankaar Beats (2003) in Hinglish,and 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 seventeen in 1998. Since then, she has appeared in music videos, television commercials, fashion shows, and on magazine covers. 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 and underprivileged children.