Born on November 15, 1993 (age 16) at Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan, the most celebrated Japanese gravure idol, lingerie model, Japanese actress, voice actress and singer Saaya Irie (also written as Irie Saaya) started her career modelling for lingerie at the age of 11. She is mostly known by the stage name Saaya, which is also her birth name or given name.
Off late Saaya has been appearing in numerous films, radio, and television programs, including the live action TV drama adaptation of the Jigoku Shoujo series. Saaya has also done voice work appearing in the anime OVA Kyo no Gononi as Chika Koizumi. She is a former member of the Japanese musical group named Sweet Kiss before it was disbanded on May 12, 2006 to be replaced by the music group Chase.
Some of her notable TV programs are Kyuyo Meisai (TV Tokyo), Gekito! Idol Yokibou (July 2006), Government Crime Investigation Agent Zaizen Jotaro (TV Asahi), Jigoku Shoujo (Live action adaptation, Nippon TV from November 4 2006) and Manga-Kissa Toshi-Densetsu Noroi no Manna san (BS-i).