Michelle Ang

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Michelle Ang
Born(1983-10-17) 17 October 1983 (age 31)
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Years active1997–present
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Michelle Ang
Born(1983-10-17) 17 October 1983 (age 31)
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Years active1997–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.

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 the much-applauded 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 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.

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]


Ang has named The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle as the book that has most influenced her.[5]


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.

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.



2014The Taking of Deborah LoganMia Medina
2013EchoesSingerShort film
2011The Potential Wives of Norman MaoSuzy Fong
My Wedding and Other SecretsEmily
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like SonMia
2008Take 3Melanie ShumShort film
2006Naming Number TwoGrace
2004Futile AttractionViolet McKenzie
Forbidden FuryTerry SpearsShort film
2002Xena: Warrior Princess - A Friend in NeedAkemiDirector's Cut


TV Shows/Mini-series
2014Rizzoli & IslesLucy ChenSeason 5, Episode 11
2013PerceptionFormer National GuardwomanSeason 2, Episode 10
Drop Dead DivaLanfenSeason 5, Episode 7
Grey's AnatomyEliseSeason 9, Episode 22
Top of the LakeKimmie2 episodes; Mini-series
2012-2013UnderemployedSophia/Sofia/Sophia Swanson12 episodes
2007-2008South of NowhereLily Zee4 episodes
2005-2006Outrageous FortuneTracy Hong16 episodes
2002-2004NeighboursLori Lee87 episodes
2002Being EveMasakoSeason 2, Episode 7
2001Xena: Warrior PrincessAkemi2 episodes
1999-2002The TribeTai-San142 episodes
1999A Twist in the TaleMesshaSeason 1, Episode 14
1997-1998Young EntertainersSuper TrooperUnknown episodes


  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. ^ "Book lover: Michelle Ang". The New Zealand Herald. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 

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