Megan Follows

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Recognized and beloved by audiences worldwide for her award winning performance as Anne in the Emmy award winning Anne of Green Gables TV movies, Megan Follows has had a stunning and varied career in television, film, and theatre. Follows stepped back into the international spotlight yet again, portraying Catherine De Medici in the CW Network/CBS Studios series Reign, which chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots. Her performance earned her three nominations for the Canadian Screen awards (CSA) for best performance by a leading actress in a dramatic series.

Follows began acting at the age of nine and landed her first leading role in the series Matt and Jenny when she was eleven, followed by the series The Baxters. She went on to leading roles in both Atlantis’ first film ever made titled The Olden Days Coat (based on the Margaret Laurence children’s
 book) and playing the lead in the Oscar-winning short film Boys and Girls. Since then, Follows has never been out of the public eye.

Among her best-known starring roles are Hockey Night, opposite Rick Moranis and Yannick Bisson; Inherit the Wind, opposite Kirk Douglas and Jason Robards; Major Crime; Under the Piano, in which she starred with the legendary soprano Teresa Stratas, and in both the highly acclaimed Stratford Festival production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Richard Monet, and the televised version of the live stage play, directed by Norman Campbell. She also starred in The Stork Derby, What Katy Did, and Plainsong with Rachel Griffiths and Aidan Quinn.

In addition, her stellar performances have earned her a Genie nomination for Best Actress for the film Termini Station, five Gemini nominations including two for her turn as the determined yet impoverished mother in the Booky series, then for her performance as the mother to a young Shania Twain in the mini-series Shania: A Life in Eight Albums, and again for the Laurie Lynd-directed film Open Heart. Her gritty performances on shows such as House M.D., Heartland, The Border, CSI, ER, and Law and Order have proven her versatility and talent as an actor.

Along with completing a multiple-episode arc on the Nick@Nite series Hollywood Heights, Follows was also featured on the critically acclaimed A&E series, Longmire, and starred opposite Connie Selica and Jennifer Lopez in the CBS series Second Chances. Follows also stars in the epic Ken Follett mini-series, World Without End, a Ridley and Tony Scott production starring Cynthia Nixon, which is a follow up to the popular Pillars of the Earth series.

Follows’ feature work includes leading roles in Allan King’s acclaimed Termini Station, Stephen King’s Silver Bullet, Gregory Nava’s A Time of Destiny with William Hurt and Timothy Hutton, Christmas Child with William Mozes Foreign Affair with David Arquette, and Reluctant Angel among others. Hard Drive, directed by William D. MacGillivray, and based on the best-selling novel Ditch by Hal Niedzviecki.

Selected theater credits include Follows appearing on stage as Nora in A Dolls House at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Uncle Vanya at the Geffen Playhouse, The Seagull at the Old Globe Theatre, along with Soulpepper Theatre performances of Night Mother, Top Girls, and Three Sisters which earned her Dora Award Nominations. Her most recent theatre credits include Jane in This at the Vancouver Playhouse, her critically lauded performance in the Mirvish production of Cloud 9, and the title role Nightwood Theatre’s The Penelopiad written by Margret Atwood, which won the 2012 Dora Award for Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role/Ensemble.

Currently, Follows is directing the CBC series Heartland and recently finished acting and directing on Canada’s most popular series Murdoch Mysteries. She also directed three episodes of Reign and made her directorial debut directing the critically acclaimed production of Nightwood Theatre’s English language premier of Jennifer Trembaly’s The Carousel.