Angela Zhou was born in Guangzhou, China, and raised in Auckland, New Zealand.
Half Hakka (a Chinese ethnic minority group), Angela grew up learning Mandarin from her mother's side and Cantonese from her father's side. In 2010, Angela moved to the U.S. to study at Duke University as a Robertson Scholar. She graduated in 2014 with an A.B. degree majoring in Politics, Economics, and Creative Media and moved to Los Angeles where she caught her first big break as Mei/Fong on AMC's Hell on Wheels.