Michelle Ang

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Michelle Ang
Lori Lee.jpg
Michelle Ang as Lori Lee in The Neighbours
Born (1983-10-17) 17 October 1983 (age 33)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present

Michelle Ang (born 17 October 1983) is a New Zealand film and television actress.

Early life and education[edit]

Ang was born in Christchurch of Malaysian Chinese descent.[1]

Ang was also a talented ballet dancer when she was younger. She performed in The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Romeo and Juliet with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.[citation needed]

Ang has completed studies at Victoria University of Wellington for a double degree, a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (B.C.A.) in Accounting with Commercial Law and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.[2][3]


Ang made her film debut in Futile Attraction. Ang also appeared in a series of low-budget New Zealand short films including Forbidden Fury in 2004. Her most recent film credit was on No.2, directed by Toa Fraser and nominated for Audience Choice Awards at the Cannes Film Festival.[citation needed]

Ang got her start in television at a young age through the hit family series McDonald's Young Entertainers. Here, she got to show her skills at singing and dancing, much like the Mickey Mouse Club show on US television. She is best known for her role as Lori Lee in the Australian television soap opera Neighbours, in which she was a major character in 2002 – 2003, and guest-starred in 2004. Also in 2004, she auditioned for the Cho Chang role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but in the end the role was given to Katie Leung. Before that she played Tai-San in the New Zealand post-apocalyptic drama The Tribe, present in the core cast from 1999 to 2001, and featuring in the final episodes of the 2002 series. Ang also starred in the final episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess as Akemi. She played the role of Tracy Hong in seasons 1 and 2 of the New Zealand TV series Outrageous Fortune in 2005 and 2006.[citation needed]

In 2007, Ang appeared in the American television drama, South of Nowhere.

In 2012, Ang features in the MTV series Underemployed as an aspiring writer who has to settle for working at a donut shop.[4]

In 2015, Ang starred in the web series Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 as Alex, a passenger caught on a flight at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, and went on to make a guest appearance in the main series Fear the Walking Dead[5]


Ang has named The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle as the book that has most influenced her.[6]


Ang was nominated for a Logie at the Australian television awards, for most popular new female talent for her role in Neighbours.[citation needed]

Ang was one of the compères for the 2005 Chinese New Year Festival in Wellington, held on Saturday 5 February.[citation needed]

Ang received an Emmy nomination for her work on Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462[7]

Personal life[edit]

Ang was formerly based in Los Angeles, California in the United States but is currently based in New York City, New York.



Year Film Role Notes
2016 Triple 9 Trina Ling
2015 Fallen Stars Daisy[8]
2014 The Taking of Deborah Logan Mia Medina
2013 Echoes Singer Short film
2011 The Potential Wives of Norman Mao Suzy Fong
My Wedding and Other Secrets Emily
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Mia
2008 Take 3 Melanie Shum Short film
2006 Naming Number Two Grace
2004 Futile Attraction Violet McKenzie
Forbidden Fury Terry Spears Short film
2002 Xena: Warrior Princess - A Friend in Need Akemi Director's Cut


Year TV Show Role Notes
2016 Fear The Walking Dead Alex[9] 2 episodes
2015-2016 Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 16 episodes; web-series
2014 Rizzoli & Isles Lucy Chen Season 5, Episode 11
2013 Perception Former National Guardwoman Season 2, Episode 10
Drop Dead Diva Lanfen Season 5, Episode 7
Grey's Anatomy Elise Season 9, Episode 22
Top of the Lake Kimmie 2 episodes; Mini-series
2012-2013 Underemployed Sophia/Sofia/Sophia Swanson 12 episodes
2007-2008 South of Nowhere Lily Zee 4 episodes
2005-2006 Outrageous Fortune Tracy Hong 16 episodes
2002-2004 Neighbours Lori Lee 87 episodes
2002 Being Eve Masako Season 2, Episode 7
2001 Xena: Warrior Princess Akemi 2 episodes
1999-2002 The Tribe Tai-San 142 episodes
1999 A Twist in the Tale Messha Season 1, Episode 14
1997-1998 Young Entertainers Super Trooper Unknown episodes


Year Award Category Work Result
2016 Emmy Award Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series[10] Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 Nominated


  1. ^ http://www.m2magazine.co.nz/read.php?id=158
  2. ^ Cardy, Tom. "The secret is out". The Dominion Post. Stuff.co.nz. 
  3. ^ Chan, Charles (26 April 2010). "Close to her heart". The Star. 
  4. ^ "Michelle Ang stars in MTV's Underemployed". Asia Pacific Arts. 2012-10-18. 
  5. ^ "Fear the Walking Dead: Will the Flight 462 survivors return?". tv.bt.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Book lover: Michelle Ang". The New Zealand Herald. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Michelle Ang just scored an Emmy nomination for Fear The Walking Dead". www.nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Ray Donovan's' Ryan O'Nan, 'Top of the Lake's' Michelle Ang to Lead Indie Movie 'Fallen Stars'". www.thewrap.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Fear The Walking Dead adds Michelle Ang to season 2". undeadwalking.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "68th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". www.emmys.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 

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