IRISH actress Aisling Bea, who stars in the highly-anticipated remake of cult holiday film Home Alone, has vented her frustration online following criticism over her accent.
Earlier this week, the first official trailer was released for Home Sweet Home Alone, which airs in November.
Bea stars as Carol Mercer, the mother of Max (Archie Yates), who plays the role made famous by Macaulay Culkin in 1990 after being left at home at Christmas and having to defend the house against hapless would-be burglars.
However, the 37-year-old has come under fire for using an English accent in the movie. Some fans thought her accent was poorly executed, others were angered at the notion that her native Irish accent was somehow being suppressed.
"Can’t explain how uncomfortable Aisling Bea doing an English accent has made me," one Twitter user wrote in response to the trailer.
"Why is Aisling's beautiful Irish accent being hidden??" Wrote another.
Another added: "Love Aisling but dear lord she should have passed on this one. I mean, did she get lessons from dick van dyke?!"
Taking to social media with a hint or two of frustration, Bea hit back at her critics.
"To everybody who has been wondering online why I have an English accent in the new Home Alone movie, it's because... the character's English," she explained.
"If she was from England and spoke with an Irish accent, then that would be quite strange.
"If she was Irish, she would speak very much like I do, because I am from Ireland. But, this character is not from Ireland, she's from England."