17 October 1983 |
Christchurch, New Zealand
Michelle Ang (born 17 October 1983) is a New Zealand film and television actress who is currently based in New York City. In 2016, Ang was nominated for an Emmy for her work on Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462.
Early life and education
Ang was born 17 October 1983, in Christchurch, to Malaysian Chinese parents who had emigrated to New Zealand. 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. Ang was a talented ballet dancer when she was younger, and performed in The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Romeo and Juliet with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
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.
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 guest starred in the final 2 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.
In 2007, Ang appeared in the American television drama, South of Nowhere.
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 join the main cast in the main series Fear the Walking Dead.
|2016||Triple 9||Trina Ling|
|2014||The Taking of Deborah Logan||Mia Medina|
|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|
|2016||Fear The Walking Dead||Alex||Season 2 (Main cast; 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||Cherise||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|
Awards and nominations
|2016||Emmy Award||Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series||Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462||Nominated|
- "In my beauty bag: Michelle Ang", Julie Roulston
- Cardy, Tom. "The secret is out". The Dominion Post. Stuff.co.nz.
- Chan, Charles (26 April 2010). "Close to her heart". The Star.
- "A Grey's day on set for Michelle", James Croot
- "Michelle Ang stars in MTV's Underemployed". Asia Pacific Arts. 2012-10-18.
- "Fear the Walking Dead: Will the Flight 462 survivors return?". tv.bt.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
- "Book lover: Michelle Ang". The New Zealand Herald. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "Michelle Ang just scored an Emmy nomination for Fear The Walking Dead". www.nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
- "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.
- "Fear The Walking Dead adds Michelle Ang to season 2". undeadwalking.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
- "68th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". www.emmys.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016.