Born on January 24, 1961 in the city of Kushva, Sverdlovsk Region. In 1979-1980 - a mass-media in the Kushva Palace of Culture. In 1984 she graduated from the Theater School. B. V. Shchukin and came to work in the Moscow Drama Theater. N. V. Gogolya. In 1995, Irina Shmeleva was awarded the title of Honored Artist of Russia. In 1998, she emigrated to the United States. She worked on Russian-language television. She learned to be a marketing and public relations manager. More than 15 years working as a realtor in New York.