Amybeth McNulty

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Amybeth McNulty
Born (2001-11-07) 7 November 2001 (age 19)
  • Irish
  • Canadian
Years active2014–present

Amybeth McNulty (born 7 November 2001) is an Irish-Canadian[1] actress. She is known for her starring role as Anne Shirley in the CBC/Netflix drama series Anne with an E (2017–2019), based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Amybeth McNulty was born on 7 November 2001 in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland, where she was raised.[3][4] Her father is Irish and her mother is Canadian.[5]


McNulty's stage experience began with ballet and amateur performances at An Grianán Theatre and musicals by the writer and composer Paul Boyd.[6] In 2014, McNulty co-starred in the RTÉ One series Clean Break as inquisitive child Jenny Rane.[7] In 2015, McNulty appeared in Agatha Raisin as the younger version of the titular character and guest-starred in CBBC's The Sparticle Mystery.[8] McNulty made her film debut in sci-fi thriller Morgan, portraying the 10-year old iteration of the titular character.[8] The film received mixed reviews.[9]

From 2017 to 2019, she starred as Anne Shirley in the CBC and Netflix drama series Anne with an E, an adaptation of the 1908 novel series Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. McNulty was cast from a selection of 1800 girls "for her ability to deliver dialogue which is "incredibly thick and dynamic and beautiful"; her audition for consisted of talking to trees, chatting with flowers and building thrones out of twigs."[10][11] McNulty received critical acclaim for her portrayal; Gwen Inhat of The A.V. Club lauded her "absolute possession" of Anne as well as her ability to make "fanciful language sing", while Neil Genzlinger from The New York Times wrote McNulty's performance was "wonderfully ebullient and eminently likable".[12][13] Her portrayal earned her the Canadian Screen Award for Best Television Actress and the ACTRA Award for Best Performance - Female.[14][15]

McNulty portrayed the lead role in Maternal, the feature directorial debut of actress Megan Follows, which was released in Canada on May 9, 2020.[16] She also starred in Black Medicine (2020), in which McNulty portrays an alcoholic and drug-addicted Irish teenager.[17] In December 2020, McNulty was cast in director Michael McGowan's film adaptation of All My Puny Sorrows, a novel by Canadian author Miriam Toews.[18]

Personal life[edit]

McNulty resides outside of Letterkenny, Ireland.[19] In June 2020, she came out as bisexual.[20] McNulty is a vegetarian.[21][22] [23]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 A Risky Undertaking Ariadne Pleasant
2016 Morgan Morgan (aged 10)
2020 Maternal Charlie McLeod McNulty acts with Megan Follows, who starred as Anne Shirley on the 1985 version of Anne of Green Gables.
2020 Black Medicine Áine
TBA All My Puny Sorrows


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Agatha Raisin Young Agatha 1 episode
2015 Clean Break Jenny Rane 4 episodes
The Sparticle Mystery Sputnik Episodes: "The Fisher Girls" and "The Raid"
2017–2019 Anne with an E Anne Shirley Main role; 27 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2019 Canadian Screen Awards Best Lead Actress, Drama Series Anne with an E Won [24]
2019 ACTRA Toronto Awards Outstanding Performance - Female [25]
2020 Canadian Screen Awards Best Lead Actress, Drama Series Anne With an E Nominated


  1. ^ a b Sumanac-Johnson, Deana (21 October 2016). "Meet Amybeth McNulty, star of new Anne of Green Gables series for CBC, Netflix". CBC News. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  2. ^ Calautti, Katie (10 May 2017). "The Sisterhood of Anne of Green Gables Is Ready for Anne's Next Chapter". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  3. ^ "AB on Instagram: "18!! Thank you for all the lovely birthday messages, they are absolutely making my day"". Instagram. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Young Irish star Amybeth McNulty reveals that her great-grandmother inspired her to play role in acclaimed Netflix hit". Irish Mirror. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Anne of Green Gables Amybeth McNulty loves County Donegal so much". Irish Central. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  6. ^ Falvey, Deirdre. "Amybeth McNulty: the Donegal teenager who stars in 'Anne with an E'". The Irish Times.
  7. ^ "RTE drama Clean Break concludes with dramatic and unsettling scenes tonight". Independent. 18 October 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  8. ^ a b {cite news |title=New ‘Anne’ cast announced, retelling 'Anne of Green Gables' story |url= |access-date=20 February 2021 |publisher=The Guardian |date=23 October 2016}}
  9. ^ "Morgan (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  10. ^ Ahearn, Victoria (16 March 2017). "CBC's Anne shows darker past of 'accidental feminist' from Green Gables". Montreal Gazette. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  11. ^ Bley Griffiths, Eleanor (13 July 2018). "Anne with an E star Amybeth McNulty: "She's a good character to have a voice for"". Radio Times. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  12. ^ Inhat, Gwen (12 May 2017). "Anne With An E offers a winning, darker take on a familiar tale". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  13. ^ Neil Genzlinger (11 May 2017). "Review: 'Anne With an E' Is a Rewarding Return to Green Gables". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards 2019: Amybeth McNulty acceptance speech". CBC. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Winners: The 17th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto | ACTRA Toronto". Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  16. ^ N'Duka, Amanda. "'Anne with an E's Amybeth McNulty & 'V-Wars' Actress Laura Vandervoort Topline Indie Thriller 'Maternal'". Deadline. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  17. ^ Wiseman, Andreas. "Antonia Campbell-Hughes Leads Cast In Thriller 'Black Medicine' From 'The Survivalist' & 'The Fall' Backer Northern Ireland Screen". Deadline. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  18. ^ Wiseman, Andreas. "'All My Puny Sorrows': Alison Pill, Sarah Gadon, Amybeth McNulty & Mare Winningham Lead Canadian Drama, Voltage Boards Sales". Deadline. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  19. ^ "Anne of Green Gables Amybeth McNulty loves County Donegal so much". Irish Central. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  20. ^ M, Smith (18 June 2020). "Anne with an E's Amybeth McNulty says she 'accidentally' came out as bisexual, fans rejoice during Pride Month". MEAWW. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  21. ^ Instagram livestream, Nov 13 2019
  22. ^ McNulty, Amybeth. "Q&A 2019". Retrieved 5 April 2021 – via YouTube. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ Instagram livestream, Nov 27, 2019
  24. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards, CA (2018)". IMDb. Retrieved 3 March 2019.[unreliable source?]
  25. ^ "Winners: The 17th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto | ACTRA Toronto". Retrieved 3 March 2019.

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