Megan Follows

Active - 1979 - 2009  |   Born - Mar 14, 1968 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada  |   Genres - Drama, Children's/Family, Comedy

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A prolific film, television, and theater actress, Megan Follows became a TV star as Anne Shirley in Canadian television's adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's popular Anne of Green Gables books.

Born in Toronto to two actors, Follows began acting on TV as a toddler. After she appeared in several Canadian features and shows, and made her American movie debut in Stephen King's Silver Bullet (1985), her performance as Montgomery's feisty redheaded orphan in the acclaimed 1985 miniseries Anne of Green Gables and the 1987 sequel Anne of Avonlea won her two Gemini awards and made her an international name. Supposedly putting her career-making turn as Anne behind her, Follows continued to act in plays and movies throughout the 1980s and early '90s, including TV movies Sin of Innocence (1986) with a young Dermot Mulroney, Inherit the Wind (1988), and Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (1990) (as a grown up Becky Thatcher). The versatile actress also played Anne of Green Gables co-star Colleen Dewhurst's daughter in the grim Canadian drama Termini Station (1991), and voiced the role of Clara in the animated feature The Nutcracker Prince (1990). Follows devoted the rest of the 1990s to starting a family, acting in Canadian TV movies and starring in the Canadian feature comedy Reluctant Angel (1997). She began the next decade, though, by reprising her most famous role (as a now fully adult, aspiring writer in New York) in Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (2000).

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  • Maternal grandmother arrived in Canada in 1953 after surviving internment and revolution in China.
  • Starred with her parents and siblings in a two-part 1982 episode of the Canadian TV series The Littlest Hobo.
  • Appeared in Boys and Girls (1983), an Academy Award-winning short film.
  • Beat out more than 3000 girls for the title role in the 1985 miniseries Anne of Green Gables.
  • Did the readings for the audiobooks Anne of Green Gables (1987), Anne of Avonlea (1989) and Anne of the Island (1990).
  • Costarred with her mother and sister Samantha in a 1988 Toronto theater production of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.
  • Appeared in a 2008 theatrical production of 'night Mother with her real-life mother, Dawn Greenhalgh.
  • Active in the charitable relief organization World Vision.