Megan FollowsAnne Shirley
Megan Follows was just 16 years old when she was chosen to play Anne, a role that earned her a 1986 and a 1988 Gemini Award for Best Performance by a Lead Actress. After Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, Megan also went on to star in Sullivan Entertainment’s Under the Piano, in which she played an autistic woman who is very musically talented but relies heavily upon the protection of her sister, played by Amanda Plummer. Megan reprised her role as Anne in Kevin Sullivan’s 2000 production of Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story, for which she received a Gemini Award nomination. Megan’s most recent credits include the popular television show Brothers & Sisters, starring Sally Field, Raising the Bar and Heartland. You can now watch Megan on the CW’s new drama, Reign.
Marilla CuthbertColleen Dewhurst
A cold demeanour that covers up a heart of gold, Marilla became the mother she yearned to be after adopting Anne Shirley. Though initially reluctant to keep Anne, as she and her brother had planned to adopt a boy to help them with chores on their farm, Marilla grew to care for Anne and years later admitted that she was like her own ‘flesh and blood’. Marilla is also the sister of Matthew Cuthbert and best friend of Rachel Lynde.
Matthew CuthbertRichard Farnsworth
Matthew Cuthbert was Marilla’s brother and became Anne’s adoptive father. Good-natured and shy, Mathew was the one who convinced Marilla to keep Anne. His soft-spoken nature hides his intense love for the child, as he longs to share in the extremes of her over-active imagination helping to make Anne’s wishes come true; demonstrated when he buys her a ball gown with the puffiest of puff-sleeves.
Jonathan CrombieGilbert Blythe
Jonathan Crombie reprised the role of Gilbert Blythe as a guest star in the series Road to Avonlea. His additional television credits include the television movies The Waiting Game, The Killing Fields, and the series Slings and Arrows and Earth: Final Conflict, among others. His big screen credits include Café Romeo and The Jeweler’s Shop, with Burt Lancaster. On stage, Crombie’s numerous performances at the prestigious Stratford Festival Theatre include the roles of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew, Orlando in As You Like It, Bud in Sweet Bird of Youth and Guildenstern in Hamlet. Jonathan was the voice for Benjamin Bear in The Secret World of Benjamin Bear (2004-2010).
Crombie’s family announced on April 18, 2015 that he died suddenly three days earlier of a brain hemorrhage in New York City. His organs were donated. News of his death led to “Gilbert Blythe” trending on Twitter as fans shared their condolences.
Diana BarrySchuyler Grant
Diana was Anne’s bosom friend and true kindred spirit. Diana and Anne met as kids and attended school together in Avonlea. Diana later married Fred Wright and went on to raise a family with him.
Barbara HersheyAnne Shirley
A native of Hollywood, California, Barbara Lynn Herzstein was born February 5, 1948 and made her acting debut in 1965 on the television series, Gidget (1965-1966). Her motion picture career began in 1968 when she starred in With Six You Get An Eggroll (1968). Hershey’s 1980’s film credits catapulted her career to star status. She starred in The Stunt Man (1980), The Right Stuff (1983), The Natural (1984), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Hoosiers (1986), Tin Men (1987), Beaches (1988) and A World Apart (1988). Hershey is both an Emmy and Golden Globe Award Winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special for A Killing In A Small Town (1990), and won back-to back Best Actress Awards at the Cannes Film Festival for her performances in Shy People (1987) and A World Apart (1988). In addition to her role as Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, Hershey’s recent credits include The Birds Can’t Fly (2007), Love Comes Lately (2007) and The Black Swan (2010). Hershey can also be seen in the TV series Once Upon a Time.
Hannah Endicott-DouglasAnne Shirley
After an exhaustive search spanning all across Canada, the hunt for a new Anne Shirley finally came to an end when 13 year-old Hannah was selected to reprise the role made famous by Megan Follows. Hannah landed her first role at the age of nine in a film for Warner Bros. Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (2004). She then played the part of Lori in the Hallmark movie of the week The Good Witch (2008). In addition, Hannah has lent her voice for many characters for popular animated shows including Will & Dewitt. In addition to her role as Young Anne Shirley in Anne Of Green Gables: A New Beginning, Hannah can be seen guest starring in the episode entitled “Planets Aligned” in CTV’s Flashpoint (2008) and lending her voice to the cartoon series My Friend Rabbit (2007-2008). Hannah’s most recent credits include Murdoch Mysteries (2011) and The Good Witch series of films.
Marilyn LightstoneMiss Muriel Stacey
Marilyn Lightstone is a celebrated Canadian actress, known for her appearances on a wide variety of television programs, including Dennis the Menace, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures and The Super Mario Bros, Super Show. However, Lightstone is best known for her heartwarming portrayal of Miss Muriel Stacey in Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea. Lightstone also starred in Kevin Sullivan’s first feature-length film The Wild Pony. Among her accolades in film is a Genie Award for Best Actress for Lies My Father Told Me, a Genie Award for Best Supporting Actress for In Praise of Older Women and a Best Actress Award at the Moscow International Film Festival for The Tin Flute. Lightstone now currently hosts an evening show on Toronto’s Classical 96 radio station. She is also a successful photographer, painter, mixed media artist and author.
You can visit Marilyn’s official site at marilynlightstone.com.
Frank ConverseMorgan Harris
After playing the wealthy bachelor who tried – unsuccessfully – to woo Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, Frank Converse went on to perform in a number of television’s most popular dramas, including Murder She Wrote, All My Children, The Practice, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Lipstick Jungle and most recently, Law & Order. The American actor, born in St. Louis, Missouri and now in his fourth decade of acting, had many credits under his belt well before Anne: The Sequel aired in 1987. Frank is perhaps best known for his work in the 60s and 70s on such series as Coronet Blue, N.Y.P.D. and Movin’ On. He starred alongside Blythe Danner and Bing Crosby in the miniseries Dr. Cook’s Garden and could be seen in some of the 70’s biggest hit shows, such as The Mod Squad, The Love Boat, Rhoda and Bionic Woman. In addition to film and television, Frank often returned to his roots on the stage and starred on Broadway in The Philadelphia Story and A Streetcar Named Desire, to name just a few. He is currently married with four children.
Dame Wendy HillerMrs. Harris
Dame Wendy Hiller became an instant star with her London debut in Love on the Dole in 1935 and repeated her success when the play premiered on Broadway the following year. She remained primarily a stage actress, appearing only sporadically in films with stage credits that include Twelfth Night, Cradle Song, The First Gentleman, The Heiress and Flowering Cherry. Her film credits began with her portrayal of Eliza Doolittle in the first movie adaptation of Shaw’s Pygmalion and went on to include Major Barbara, The Elephant Man, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne and The Countess Alice. She won an Academy Award for her role in Separate Tables and gave stirring performances as Alice Moore opposite Paul Scofield in A Man for All Seasons. She was appointed Dame in 1975. Dame Wendy Hiller passed away on May 14, 2003. She was 90 years old.
Patricia HamiltonRachel Lynde
Patricia Hamilton reprised the role of Rachel Lynde in the television series Road to Avonlea. Her role in A Bird in the House garnered her a 1975 Canadian Film Award. Hamilton’s stage credits include Keely & Du, If We Are Women, The Dreamland, King Lear, Miracle Mother, The Arab’s Mouth and Bob’s Kingdom. She was the recipient of a Dora Mavor Moore Award as Best Supporting Actress for her role in I Am Yours. Hamilton was honored with a Brenda Donahue Award for Distinguished Contribution to Theatre in Toronto in 1987.
Rosemary DunsmoreKatherine Brooke
Fans of Sullivan Entertainment will remember Rosemary Dunsmore as both the uptight headmistress of Kingsport Ladies College in whom Anne finds a kindred spirit, as well as Janet King’s younger sister Abigail, in Road to Avonlea. Since Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, the Canadian actress has appeared in over 80 film and television programs, including Degrassi: The Next Generation, ReGenesis, Orphan, Nureyev and Murdoch Mysteries. In 2008 she won the ACTRA Toronto Award for Best Female Performance in The Baby Formula and is a two-time Gemini Award nominee for the television programs Blades of Courage and Blue Murder.
Named by Maclean’s Magazine as a “Canadian who makes a difference” in 1990, Dunsmore went on to become a stage director. She has both appeared in, and directed, productions such as Wuthering Heights, The Glass Menagerie and Wit – for which she won a Masque Award. Rosemary has also taught acting at several schools and centres across Canada, including the University of Toronto, the Canadian Film Centre and the National Theatre School.
Cameron DaddoJack Garrison Jr.
At the age of 19, Cameron Daddo began his career in the Australian children’s television program Off the Dish, followed by The Cameron Daddo Cartoon Show. His television credits include the series Models Inc., FX: The Series, Young Indiana Jones, The Mentalist, 24, Without A Trace, Boston Legal and Nikita; television movies The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie, Confession and Category 7: The End of the World. His film credits include Big Momma’s House 2 and Inland Empire. Daddo’s stage credits include I Hate Hamlet, Love Letters, The Wizard of Oz and The Haunting of the Snake. Cameron Daddo is also a talented musician. His debut album, A Long Goodbye, reached #2 on the Australian charts. Daddo is featured in the TV series Packed to the Rafters.
Shirley MacLaineAmelia Thomas
Born April 24th, 1934, in Richmond, Virginia, Shirley MacLean Beaty was born into an acting family. She made her acting debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble With Harry (1955), which won her the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year. In 1983, she won her first Oscar for Terms Of Endearment after being nominated five times previously for her respective roles in Some Came Running (1959), The Apartment (1961), Irma La Douce (1964), The Other Half of the Sky (1976) The Turning Point (1978) and Steel Magnolias (1989). Her long list of achievements throughout her years in the industry includes one Emmy Award and four nominations, and seven Golden Globe Awards and thirteen nominations (including the Cecil B. Demille award for outstanding contribution to the entertainment field in 1998). She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With a commanding onscreen presence, the acclaimed actress lent her legendary acting skills to Anne Of Green Gables: A New Beginning, to portray the strong-minded businesswoman, Amelia Thomas. Recently, MacLaine has appeared in the hit TV series, Downton Abbey, and will appear in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Elsa & Fred, which are both set for cinema release in 2014.
Rachel BlanchardLouisa Thomas
Born March 19, 1976 in Toronto, Rachel Blanchard’s career began when she appeared on the popular Canadian children’s series, The Kids Of Degrassi Street (1982), where she played Melanie Schlegel. She also had a reoccurring role on the Nickelodeon show, Are You Afraid Of The Dark? (1991-1993). Her breakthrough role though wouldn’t come until 1996 when she was picked out of hundreds of hopefuls to have the starring role in the television series, Clueless based on the 1995 hit movie. Since then she has made a name for herself in the acting community with appearances in several popular movies including Road Trip (2000), Snakes On A Plane (2006), Atom Egoyan’s Where The Truth Lies (2005), Careless (2007) Adoration (2008), and Growing Op (2008). She received critical acclaim for her performance in the award-winning second series of the sitcom Peep Show. She played Jemaine’s (and Bret’s) girlfriend Sally on the HBO show Flight of the Conchords. Recently, Blanchard has had guest roles Call Me Fitz, Flashpoint, Legit, and Psych.
Ron LeaGene Armstrong
A native of Montreal, Canada, Ron Lea’s impressive list of film and television credits includes roles in such productions as Criminal Law and This Is Wonderland. A student at Concordia University, he later went on to pursue further acting training at Canada’s acclaimed National Theatre School. His career took off when he appeared in such theatrical productions as the One Eyed Kings at the Tarragon Theatre as well as Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Centaur Theatre. His work on the television series Street Legal garnered him much attention and he received a Gemini nomination for his portrayal of Brian Malony in 1995. Sullivan fans will remember him fondly as Grace Bailey’s love interest, Del in the television series Wind At My Back. Most recently, Ron has appeared in Bomb Girls, Orphan Black and Hard Rock Medical.