Who does she play? Anne Shirley is the heroine of this story – which is great news for her, because she loves telling stories. Despite the childhood she has spent in an orphanage and in abusive foster homes looking after other people’s babies, Anne is a fiercely intelligent and imaginative child with a tendency to talk a lot. When she first turns up at Green Gables to be adopted she thinks she finally has a family to call her own, but there are complications when Anne turns out not to be the boy they were expecting. However, by the end of season 1, Anne has made Green Gables her home – although there looks to be trouble for the farm on the horizon…
Where have I seen her before? Amybeth McNulty, 15, is an Irish Canadian actor who beat 1,800 others to the part of Anne Shirley. She has appeared in Morgan, Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death, The Sparticle Mystery and Clean Break. On stage she played Martha in The Sound of Music at London’s Regents Park Theatre.
Geraldine James – Marilla Cuthbert
Who does she play? Marilla Cuthbert a stern and self-restrained woman who has – with some misgivings – given in to her brother Matthew’s plan of adopting a young orphan boy. She has no time for nonsense or flights of fancy, and knows nothing about raising children. But Anne slowly starts to awaken Marilla’s maternal instinct and sense of humour.
Where have I seen her before? British actor Geraldine James has been Bafta nominated four times. She has starred in everything from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to Alice in Wonderland to Calendar Girls. She was nominated for a Tony award for her performance in The Merchant of Venice opposite Dustin Hoffman, and starred alongside Jude Law in Hamlet.
RH Thomson – Matthew Cuthbert
Who does he play? Matthew is an exceptionally shy and reclusive man who speaks very little. In the novel, we find out that he’s completely scared of women and girls. But he wants to adopt, and in season 1 he immediately forms a close bond with chatterbox Anne.
Where have I seen him before? RH Thomson is an award-winning Canadian actor of stage and screen. He actually played Jasper Dale in Road to Avonlea, a sort of 90s TV sequel to Anne of Green Gables based on the other works of LM Montgomery.
Corrine Koslo – Rachel Lynde
Who does she play? Mrs Lynde is the Cuthberts’ closest neighbour and the village gossip. She is a busybody who has to know everyone’s business and has no tact. But she loves her friend Marilla and, underneath it all, is a kind-hearted woman.
Where have I seen her before? She played Lady Rataxes in Babar. She’s also been in Best in Show and Better than Chocolate.