Richa Gangopadhyay was born to Utpal, the Vice President of Netshape Technologies and Paula Gangopadhyay, Director of Education at The Henry Ford Museum in Detroit and in March 2012 has been nominated Member of the prestigious National Museum and Library Services Board by president Obama. She went on to major in Dietetics and Health Administration at Michigan State University. In 2005 and 2006, Gangopadhyay began participating in beauty pageants and finished in the top ten in the Miss India USA competitions, winning a smaller prize for Miss Congeniality. In August 2007, Gangopadhyay won the Miss Michigan pageant and in December, she was crowned Miss India USA 2007. During the competition, she also secured the title of Miss Photogenic and qualified to represent USA. She subsequently graduated with a diploma in acting from Anupam Kher's acting school, Actor Prepares, and completed her portfolio, earning offers for work in fashion shows and for modelling.
Richa made her film debut in the Telugu political drama Leader, directed by Sekhar Kammula. The film opened to positive reviews and did well commercially, with Gangopadhyay's performance was critically acclaimed. After the success of the film, director P. Vasu signed her up to appear in Nagavalli, a sequel to his 2005 film Chandramukhi, the film also opened to mixed reviews. Her first release in 2011 was the action film Mirapakaay. Gangopadhyay was next seen in two Tamil films; the first being Mayakkam Enna, which earned her tremondous positive reviews and appreciation from all over. Furthermore, she then appeared in Dharani's Osthe, the Tamil remake of the 2010 Hindi film Dabangg, winning criticical acclaim for her role as Neduvaali. In 2012, she made her debut in Bengali, her mother tongue, through the film Bikram Singha : The Lion Is Back opposite the prolific Prosenjit Chatterjee, a remake of the Telugu film Vikramarkudu. She also featured in the Telugu films Mirchi and Bhai, opposite actorsPrabhas and Nagarjuna which were released in 2013. Her future project is Police Tiger.