IT MIGHT be a little tarnished now, but Angel's halo has returned. The actor Melissa George has said sorry for the extraordinary meltdown she had last week, in which she described her distress at continually being referred to as her character Angel Brooks, a role she had 20 years ago on Home and Away.
"The events of the week have upset me and I want to apologise to any of my fans who were offended about my comments about Australia last weekend," George said.
"It was never my intention. I'm really proud of my Australian roots and I will continue to come home often to see my family and to work here.''
George, who said she would "rather be having a croissant and a little espresso in Paris or be walking my French bulldog in New York City" than be referred to as Angel by Australians, has clearly had time to reflect on the impact of her controversial comments.
"In fact my favourite croissants in the world are at the Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills," George said, still able to poke fun at herself, despite having a week she'd rather forget.
A Twitter storm erupted over her perceived snobbery, with George the subject of some serious online vitriol, while other users have jokingly reused her original Paris/New York line. There has even been talk of people selling T-shirts with the now infamous quote.
Stunned by the reaction George has backtracked on her Angel comments saying she is not ashamed of her work as a teenage actor but simply wants people to also recognise her current roles.
"I'm also proud of my early work in Australia and am always happy for people to refer to Home and Away, but what I really want to be able to talk to my fans about is the work I'm doing now," George said.
"I've been fortunate to have had a wonderful career over the past 20 years here and overseas, including working on the series Hunted which HBO [in the US] confirmed will continue."
The actor will soon return to Sydney to continue filming Felony, a movie also starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson.