Vanessa, 29, was up in Singapore and graduated from Nanyang Technological University in 2011 with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Drama and Performance.
She joined Singapore Repertory Theatre’s Young Company in 2010 and trained there for two years under Daniel Jenkins, which is when she fell in love with theatre. Her theatre credits include Grimm Tales (Singapore Repertory Theatre), Love & Other Oddities (Theatre Lab Productions), Ai Si (Little Red Shop), Off Centre and Fat Pig (Yellow Chair Productions), and ABCD: FourPlays (Theatreworks and Vertical Submarine).
Since then, Vanessa has expanded into several entertainment platforms, including digital media. She has been in a few webseries, including The Fifth Floor (2018), What Do Men Want (Bananamana Films, 2014), and Get Social (2013), in which she costarred with George Young and Shane Mardjuki, also of FLY Entertainment. She also played the lead twins in The Fifth Floor (2018).
Before getting a recurring part in two seasons of Zero Calling as lecturer-turned-vigilante Beverly Leong, she appeared as a guest star in local TV dramas like as In Cold Blood, Code of Law, Spouse for House, and Rules of Tham.
She was cast in a recurring role in the first season of Marco Polo (Netflix, The Weinstein Company) in 2014. She shared the screen with veteran actress Joan Chen and Australian actor Remy Hii. She was cast as the single mother Min Yi in Lion Moms (Mediacorp) in 2015, where she costarred with Lina Ng, Bernice Liu, Nurul Aini, and Hong Kong actress Bernice Liu. In 2019, she performed the part a third time. Vanessa most recently appeared in the drama series Love by Numbers on Channel 5, which centres on a cynical matchmaker who has the ability to see the dates of people’s weddings.
In Ken Kwek’s Sex.Violence.Family Values (2013), Vanessa makes her big-screen debut as a young pole dancer in the third and final short film, The Bouncer. She made appearances in two telemovies in 2016—The Love Machine and Baby Bumps, the latter of which she starred in.
An excellent TV host, Vanessa has co-hosted The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore for two years and co-presented the first season of the local singing competition The Final 1 (Mediacorp, 2014). (SuperSports Arena, 2012 and 2013). As a co-anchor on Fox Sports Asia (2014) and Super Sports 360, she too held a fleeting but valuable position (2016).
She enjoys presenting LIVE events as well, and among the companies she has worked with include Volkswagen, Sephora, Marina Bay Sands, Rolex, La Senza, and the WTA. Additionally, Vanessa has contributed to various print and television commercials, and she is eager for additional international possibilities.
Vanessa is vice president of the local IPC charity Cat Welfare Society and an ardent supporter of animal rights in her spare time. She also serves on the board of directors for Ageless Theatre, and she plans to get involved with volunteer work for organisations that support women’s rights soon.
Language Proficiency: English, Conversational Mandarin