Angel Parrish

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Angel Parrish
Angel Parrish.jpg
Home and Away character
Portrayed by Melissa George
Duration 1993-96
First appearance 30 March 1993
Last appearance 30 August 1996
Introduced by Andrew Howie
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation Student (1993-94)
Waitress (1995-96)
Home England

Angel Marie Parrish (née Brooks) is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Home and Away, portrayed by Melissa George. She made her first on-screen appearance on 30 March 1993, arriving as a teenage runaway. The character became popular amongst viewers when she was paired up with Shane Parrish, and to this day they remain one of the soap's most loved couples. George departed Home and Away on 30 August 1996.[1] Angel said goodbye to Summer Bay and left for England with her children and new boyfriend.

Casting[edit]

George and a friend, Cara Mitchinson both acted in a mock episode of Home and Away with a video camera playing Bobby and Sophie Simpson respectively. When the offer of a role on the serial came, George's parents convinced her to relocate from her native Perth to Sydney and she began lodging with families.[2] George met with casting director Liz Mullinar and was subsequently cast in the role.[3]

Character development[edit]

One storyline sees Angel take on a modelling job and coming face to with an old school adversary, Joanne Brennan (Kimberley Joseph) who returns to cause trouble in her life. Joseph, who had previously auditioned for the role of Donna Bishop, told the Sun-Herald that playing Joanne was a "good change of pace for me because my character in Paradise Beach was so saccharin-sweet." [4]

Storylines[edit]

Angel arrives in Summer Bay, having run away from home. At first, Angel makes a bad impression on the town, having sold fake Frente! concert tickets to resident Shane Parrish (Dieter Brummer). She eventually pays him back after he persistently harasses her. After living rough on the streets Angel develops an infection, and is hospitalized as a result. Shane's friend, Damian Roberts (Matt Doran) feels sorry for her, and tries to persuade his foster mother Pippa Ross (Debra Lawrance) to take her in, however, Pippa cannot as there is no room at Summer Bay House. Local Principal Donald Fisher (Norman Coburn) lets Angel stay with him, despite the fact Shane, who she has previously ripped off, is also living there. Angel and Shane constantly bicker but ended up kissing one afternoon.

Once they admit their feelings for each other, Angel and Shane put their differences aside and begin a relationship. At first, the two decide to keep their romance a secret from Fisher, but the truth is revealed when he catches them kissing. Angel settles into the Bay and befriends Sarah Thompson (Laura Vasquez). When Shane does work experience at Yabbie Creek police station where his older brother Nick (Bruce Roberts) works, he finds Angel's file on the computer and it is revealed that Angel gave birth to a son at 14 and surrendered custody to the child's father and grandmother. This drives a wedge between Shane and Angel for a time but with Nick's intervention Shane agrees to help Angel make contact with her son by visiting him. After a shaky start, Shane begins to bond with Dylan and later proposes to Angel which she accepts.

Several months before the wedding, Angel is hit by Alf Stewart's (Ray Meagher) car while crossing the road and is left paralysed, leaving her to use a wheelchair for a while. Angel tries to force herself to walk after several weeks but ultimately fails when she falls while trying to get out of bed. Angel is devastated at the fact she may not be able to walk down the aisle. Shane suggests postponing the wedding but Angel is determined to go ahead and manages to hobble down the aisle, with Fisher supporting her. The couple take their vows and become husband and wife. Shortly after the wedding, Angel and Shane battle Paul Harris (Ramsay Everingham), Angel's ex-boyfriend and Dylan's father for custody and ultimately win after Paul withdraws after excessive intervention from his mother Anne (Fay Kelton)

For a while married life seems smooth for Angel and Shane, but problems occur when their friend Shannon Reed (Isla Fisher), who begins babysitting Dylan, makes a pass at Shane and tried to steal him from Angel. When Shane rejects her, Shannon publicly lies that they had been having an affair, which Angel is led to believe. Furious, Angel walks out on Shane, taking Dylan with her and boards a seaplane. However, the plane crashes, and Angel, Dylan and schoolteacher Teresa Lynch (Diane Craig) are missing for some time, before they are rescued. After Shannon admits the truth, Angel and Shane reunite and she apologizes for not trusting him but their friendship with Shannon remains strained. When Paul wages a scare campaign against Angel and tries to kidnap Dylan, Shannon saves the day and is forgiven.

Dylan is later diagnosed with lukaemia. Desperate, Angel contemplates having another child with Paul in order to provide a bone marrow donor for him. The plan is scrapped when Angel discovers she is pregnant with Shane's baby. After extensive chaemotherapy, Dylan recovers and with the new baby on the way, things look bright for the Parrish family. At Christmas Shane is knocked off his motorbike and left injured. After having his spleen removed, Shane appears to be healing well but heartbreak soon follows when Angel and Shane decide to go for a romantic picnic at the Bay's Headland to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. Shane complaines he feels unwell and collapses. A distraught Angel tries to help him along with passing tourists. Shane is rushed to hospital, but dies on the operating table from septicemia, caused by a small cut on his hand.

Angel is unable to cope with Shane's death at first. A month later she goes into labour during a large storm which causes flooding the bay. With the bridge washed away, Angel is unable to get to the hospital. Shannon and her boyfriend, Alex Bennett (Nick Freedman) attempt to get Angel to Summer Bay house by road and are stuck until an unidentified biker guides them through the bush. They arrive at the house and Pippa is on hand to help deliver Angel's daughter, who she names Shane after her father. Angel is convinced that the biker was Shane's spirit and finally finds comfort in his death. Angel and Pippa forge a strong bond as Pippa's husband Michael (Dennis Coard) had died in the flood after being swept downstream trying to save Sam Marshall (Ryan Clark).

Simon Broadhurst (Julian Garner), a rich Englishman, arrives in Summer Bay, he begins to investigate who knocked Shane off of his bike. It is soon revealed that Sgt. Chris Hale (John Meillon Jr.), who had supported Angel in the aftermath of his death, is the person responsible. Angel is thankful for Simon's help in the case and he falls for her but She makes it clear she is not ready for a relationship as it is too soon after Shane's death. Simon leaves for England. Summer Bay is hit by a big earthquake, and Angel's house is destroyed in the impact. Angel is devastated, as she has lost the home that she had set up with Shane after moving out of Fisher's. The incident leaves her questioning whether she should stay in the Bay.

Simon returns and Angel decides life is too short, and confesses her love for him. They then decide to leave for England. After saying goodbye to her friends, Angel visits Shane's grave one last time, and bids an emotional farewell to Summer Bay, before driving off with Simon, Dylan and baby Shane, for a new life in England. Angel has never been back to the Bay since her departure. However, Simon returns briefly in late 1999 to visit Fisher to help raise money for his baby son Byron's cancer treatment and confirms that he and Angel are still together.

Reception[edit]

For her portrayal of Angel, George won the "Most Popular New Talent" Logie Award in 1994. She was also nominated for "Most Popular Actress".[5] The following year George won the "Most Popular Actress" award and in 1996 she was nominated for the Gold Logie.[6][7] 1997 saw George nominated for "Most Popular Actress" once again.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Andrea (24 August 1996). "Now on TV". The Sun-Herald (Fairfax Media). p. 14. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Williams, Sue (24 June 1995). "A lust for Success". The Sun-Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Greenwood, Helen (4 February 1996). "A part made in heaven". The Sunday Age (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Browne, Rachel (13 May 1995). "Double Trouble". The Sun-Herald (Fairfax Media). p. 132. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Oliver, Robin (17 April 1994). "Ray, Everybody's Frontman, Takes The Gold And A Bow". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). p. 2. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Oliver, Robin (28 April 1995). "Favourites romp home in Logies". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). p. 6. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Browne, Rachel (20 April 1996). "Lisa on heels of Gold Logie". The Sun-Herald (Fairfax Media). p. 5. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Browne, Rachel (17 May 1997). "A bolt from the Blue". The Sun-Herald (Fairfax Media). p. 32. Retrieved 5 July 2011.