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Overview (4)

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameMegan Elizabeth Laura Diana Follows
Nickname Meg
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Megan (pronounced Mee-gan) has two children, a daughter, Lyla, and a son, Russel. Megan comes from a showbiz family: father Ted Follows, mother Dawn Greenhalgh, and sister Samantha Follows are all actors; her other sister, Edwina Follows, is a producer and writer; and her brother Laurence Follows is a producer. Has done many commercials, the first of which was at the age of 9. Has appeared in many theatrical productions, including "Romeo and Juliet", "The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds", and "Seven Lears: The Pursuit of the Good." Won two Gemini awards for her performances in Anne of Green Gables (1985) and Anne of Avonlea (1987). Megan met her husband, Christopher Porter, while filming Deep Sleep (1990), where he was a gaffer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Megan Elizabeth Follows was the last child born to parents, Ted Follows and Dawn Greenhalgh in Toronto Ontario, Canada. Her parents were part of the founding members of Canada's summer theatre culture and Megan began acting as a toddler with her siblings Edwina Follows, Laurence Follows, and Samantha Follows. After her parents' divorce at the age of 11, Megan moved to Los Angeles to attend school and act. She got a break on the hit television show, The Facts of Life (1979), and quickly became recognized after her performance in the internationally renowned Anne of Green Gables (1985) for which she won the 1986 Gemini Award for best actress. After working on some other feature films for television, Megan returned once again to portray Anne Shirley in Anne of Avonlea (1987), for which she won the 1987 Ace award for best actress and the 1988 Gemini Award for best actress. She took a break from the spotlight and decided to focus on studying theatre. She first debuted on stage in 1988 in a production of The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds also starring her mother Dawn and sister Samantha. During the 90s Megan focused on Shakespeare and raising a family. In 1991, Megan married Christopher Porter whom she had met on the set of Deep Sleep (1990). In 1992, news spread across Canada celebrating the birth of her first child, Lyla Anne. While Lyla was still an infant, Megan got the role of a lifetime to star as Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (1993) at Canada's Stratford Festival. After the birth of their second child, Russel, Megan and Christopher divorced, in 1996. Following her divorce, Megan was in a relationship with Stuart Hughes from 1996 to 2010. Megan's portrays of an autistic savant in Under the Piano (1996) gained her more recognition and respect in the acting world; although unfortunately, she never received a nomination for her work. In 2000, Megan returned to the third installment of the Anne series to once again portrays Anne Shirley. Only this time she became Anne Shirley Blythe in Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (2000). The film took a turn from the original books on which it was based. Fans across the world and even Megan had mixed emotions about the story line of the film. However her return to the character earned her a nomination for the 2000 Gemini Award for best actress. Megan keeps a good balance of working on stage and on camera in both TV guest appearances and lead roles in feature films; as well as raising her two children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Christopher Porter (27 April 1991 - 18 January 1996) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (11)

Became a U.S. citizen. Has dual Canadian/American citizenship.
Met future ex-husband Christopher Porter of Chester, Nova Scotia, on the set of Deep Sleep (1990), where he worked as a gaffer.
Only had three weeks to prepare for her role in Under the Piano (1996).
Born on Thursday.
Her mother Dawn Greenhalgh starred with her in Anne of Green Gables (1985) as Mrs. Cadbury, the stern headmistress of the orphanage where Anne is brought to at the beginning of the film.
Has two children with ex-husband Christopher Porter: Lyla Anne (born December 1991) aka Lyla Porter-Follows and Russel Porter-Follows (b. 13 July 1994).
Sister-in-law of Sean O'Bryan. Aunt of Mckayla and Rowan O'Bryan.
Lately has been appearing with the Soulpepper Theatre Company in Canada in such productions as "Fool for Love" (alongside previously real-life partner Stuart Hughes, who is a founding member of the Company), "The Real Thing," "Top Girls," "'night, Mother" (opposite real-life mother Dawn Greenhalgh), and "Cloud 9".
Born just one day after Christopher Collet, in the same month of the same year.
Engaged to Stuart Hughes (1996-2010).
She played the younger version of her mother Dawn Greenhalgh's character in Big Wolf on Campus: Interview with a Werewolf (1999).

Personal Quotes (14)

You see the allure of theatre. You see the jealousy. You see the frustration. All of it. My parents lived, breathed, ate and slept theatre. Emotions were right on the surface. Growing up, the unreal had as much importance as the real. - MF, 2005 interview
I do experience more scrutiny because of [Anne of Green Gables], but I have come to the conclusion, for my own sanity, that I can only choose things according to my own barometer of what I'm trying to achieve or how I'm stretching and reaching. That's all I really have in my control. - MF, 2005 interview
[on the title role in 'Anne of Green Gables'] It was not an easy character. She's iconic, so people think they know what she is, but she was multifaceted. She was not the appendage of a male character; she was number one. She had a lot of character defects that were fantastic to play. She had an uncontrollable temper; she was a compulsive talker; she had a rich fantasy life - all of which were products of the fact she was an orphan and raised in undesirable circumstances. And it is her intellect, her wit which turns that around and turns the community around. I think that is why that is why that story has had lasting power.
[remembering her "Anne Of Green Gables" co-star and friend Jonathan Crombie] Truly I just remember at times just laughing so hard that you'd just be crying. He was so playful and silly and as I said really bright, so his humor was always informed with that, which made him even funnier. He had that beautiful face. He was a lot of fun, he was very open so you just felt he was someone who really wanted to play and it really was a new experience for him. We were all just in it to do the best that we could and we had a lot of fun.
I like to say Reign (2013) is the 24 (2001) of the pre-Renaissance. I think we're going to take a lot of liberties with history, as well as extend it over a longer period of time.
What I love is a good role. In the theatre, there is just a canon of extraordinary roles, the quality of character is amazing, but I also love working in front of a camera. It was the first one for me; as a kid I was in front of a camera. I feel at home.
My parents lived, breathed, ate and slept theatre. Emotions were right on the surface. Growing up, the unreal had as much importance as the real.
I did a short film at Outfest, 'Where Are the Dolls,' based on an Elizabeth Bishop poem done, where I play this woman who is sort of walking the streets and ends up alone dancing in a club. I have this hot and heavy scene with a very beautiful actress. It became very popular.
There are some fantastic roles for women and women of a certain age on television, whether it's 'Medium' or 'The Closer' or Damages (2007) or 'Saving Grace.'
That whole thing: the paparazzi, a gazillion magazines. You can't lie on a beach. God forbid your bikini rides up too far or you've eaten too many doughnuts and they catch you wiping your mouth. That must be exhausting, that lack of privacy.
My parents were working performers, so obviously I saw that there wasn't a lot of fairy tale going on there. It was a precarious world. One that they were deeply committed to and deeply loved, but one that required a lot of hard work.
I have two children myself. I always laugh; they have you playing mothers pretty early, us women. You look at the television, the mothers get younger and younger, and the children get older and older, and you start to wonder when these people had these children. Were they breeding when they were 12?
On her fondest memory about Anne of Green Gables (1985): Colleen Dewhurst is coming to mind. She was such a great old broad of the theatre. She was a true thespian, the real deal, and she'd be there smoking her Carltons right up until we were ready to film.
It's funny. I did give birth to an alien on 'The X-Files.' And it's just the teaser, so I'm dead before we even get into the episode.

Salary (1)

Reign (2013) $37,000 per episode

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