Amybeth McNulty lands lead role as Anne Shirley in CBC/Netflix co-pro Anne

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Amybeth McNulty in CBC/Netflix co-production 'Anne' Photo courtesy of CBC/Northwood

After auditioning over 1,889 girls from around the world, Irish-Canadian actress Amybeth McNulty, 14, lands the coveted role of Anne Shirley in CBC/Netflix’s co-production of Anne.

Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s timeless classic novel Anne of Green Gables, Anne began production in Prince Edward Island in September and has now moved to Ontario.

McNulty was raised in Donegal, Ireland. She started acting at the early age of six, and has appeared in numerous productions on stage and on screen including in the feature film Morgan starring Kate Mara and in the television series Agatha Raisin for Sky and The Sparticle Mystery for CBBC in the UK. A trained singer, McNulty also starred in London’s acclaimed Regent’s Park production of The Sound of Music.

“Amybeth is a wonderful and sensitive actress who embodies all of Anne’s qualities. She’s soulful and inquisitive, mercurial and passionate. Her ability to convey pain and joy is breathtaking,” says showrunner and executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett. “Amybeth is Anne for a new generation.”

While the new series will honour the foundation of the novel held as a Canadian treasure and global phenomenon (Anne of Green Gables has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide), Anne will also chart new territory. Anne and the rest of the characters will experience adventures reflecting timeless and topical issues including themes of identity, feminism, bullying and prejudice.