Angela was born in Auckland, New Zealand but her father's early success in business meant she traveled extensively when she young. By the age of 11, she had lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, London and Sydney and had spent six months in India with her mother and older sister. Her family returned to Auckland in 1985 and five years later, at age 16, she began modeling. She won the role of Kirsty in Shortland Street at her first audition. Angela's interests apart from acting include art, graphic design, music, writing, travel and kickboxing. At the beginning of her career, Angela had a long-term relationship with Temuera Morrison, New Zealand's biggest film star; they have since parted company.