Rich Hardbeck is a keen metalhead and the best friend of Aloysius "Alo" Creevey. His taste in heavy metal music occasionally causes consternation between the friends. Rich is very stubborn about what kind of girl he wants, and is largely unwilling to compromise, which causes problems when he begins to feel attracted to Grace. Additionally, his dress sense, like Franky's, draws a dim view from Mini, which causes him to considered one of the "outcasts" of the show. However he starts dating Grace and in Alo's episode the two consummate their relationship. This forces Mini to accept him as part of the group. Later on in the series Rich proposes to Grace to protect her from her domineering father, but they soon decide to just stay boyfriend and girlfriend.

Rich's profile on E4's official Skins website.