The poster girl for over-achievement. Running four burgeoning businesses while juggling a successful television career, she is an entrepreneur, entertainer and personality non-pareil. Having worked her way up from humble beginnings, Irene is the quintessential success story; of someone who has reached her acme, and yet shows no signs of slowing down. She does not scale peaks, she creates them.
Irene made her first impression on television audiences as Rosie Phua in the Singapore's most popular sitcom Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd. Irene received the Best Comedy Actress Award at the Asian Television Awards 2002 for her convincing antics as Singapore's best loved floozy tai-tai Rosie. Her other TV works also include The Donny Lee Show, Love Matters, Moulmein High, Growing Up and Champs. Her credits on the big screen include supporting roles in local films like Coming Home, A Sharp Pencil, Stories About Love and Body Puzzle, collaboration between Hong Kong & Singapore. Irene also crossed to Ch 8, starring as the memorable Mabel in the popular sitcom, I am Lobang King.
Irene has also hosted several TV programs for Ch 8 as well. She hosted Project Slim season 2, Stars Beat It!, C.I.A, and
Maid to Order 1 & 2 , and the travel show, Good Bargains, Good Fun! for Ch 5.
Theatre credits include Theatreworks' Pan Island Expressway, Singapore Repertory Theatre's Ah Kong's Birthday Party, The Necessary Stage's 1+1=3, Mardi Gras, Igorís Cabaret Wednesday and she reprised her role as Rosie in the PCK Musical. She was most recently seen as Wan Choo in Wild Rice's musical Beauty World in which she received favourable reviews.
Irene's solo stand-up The V Conference in 2007, her first in 10 years was another peak she scaled. Back by popular demand, The Return of the V also played to sold-out audiences in 2008.
Constantly finding ways to give back to society, Irene is currently involved in giving motivational talks to people of all ages and stature in society, including the Singapore Management University, Fujitsu Asia, Hewlett Packard, the Singapore Girlsí Home, Enyouth Singapore, National Library Board, MediaCorp Radio, MediaCorp Studios, Singapore Council Of Womenís Organisation (SCWO) and Raffles Design Institute. Irene was the opening speaker of the Singapore Womenís Congress 2005, as well as a panel speaker for the same congress back in 2004, having also given speeches in the World Speakerís Summit.
Her latest venture is co-writing a book titled "The FAQ Book on Public Speaking". The book is a natural extension, in which she shares her valuable views and opinions on public speaking and being a motivational speaker.