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Michelle Ang
Born 17 October 1983 (1983-10-17) (age 37)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present

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

Career

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

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.

In 2021, Ang starred in the Disney+ original animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch as Omega, a mysterious female clone.

Influences

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

Recognition

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

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

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

Personal life

Ang welcomed her first child, a son called Koda, with her partner Alex in November 2016.

Filmography

Film

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

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1997–1998 Young Entertainers Super Trooper Unknown episodes
1999 A Twist in the Tale Messha Season 1, Episode 14
1999–2002 The Tribe Tai-San Main role (seasons 1–3)
2001 Xena: Warrior Princess Akemi 2 episodes
2002 Being Eve Masako Season 2, Episode 7
2002–2004 Neighbours Lori Lee 87 episodes
2005–2006 Outrageous Fortune Tracy Hong 16 episodes
2007–2008 South of Nowhere Lily Zee 4 episodes
2012–2013 Underemployed Sophia/Sofia/Sophia Swanson 12 episodes
2013 Top of the Lake Kimmie 2 episodes; Mini-series
Grey's Anatomy Cherise Season 9, Episode 22
Drop Dead Diva Lanfen Season 5, Episode 7
Perception Former National Guardwoman Season 2, Episode 10
2014 Rizzoli & Isles Lucy Chen Season 5, Episode 11
2015–2016 Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 Alex Web series; main role
2016 Fear the Walking Dead Alex 2 episodes (season 2)
2018–2020 The New Legends of Monkey Lord Khan Season 1 & 2, 7 Episodes
2020 The Twilight Zone Ling Season 2, Episode 6
2021 Star Wars: The Bad Batch Omega Main role; voice

Awards and nominations

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