Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in the Maryland suburb of Bladensburg, Richards discovered his love for acting at an early age and enrolled in a performing arts high school where he appeared in several plays a year. Academically confident and determined to move out to Los Angeles to pursue his acting aspirations, Richards applied to only one college - the University of Southern California (USC). Not only was he accepted, he also won numerous scholarships and grants to study theater. Upon graduation from USC, Richards began working steadily in film, television and theater. Playing a rapping bike messenger who believes he is an alien abductee in the Mark Taper Forums (Los Angeles) production of Space, he began to earn recognition and rave reviews. Richards was introduced to fans of Angel during the series first season the rogue, street-savvy vampire hunter Charles Gunn. In season five, his character was transformed into a take-no-prisoners lawyer at the evil law firm Wolfram and Hart. In Conviction, Richards returns to the letter of the law in his role as Billy Desmond, an ambitious and brilliant assistant district attorney who does not lose. On the big screen, Richards has appeared in the feature films Why Do Fools Fall in Love? and Good Burger.