Megan Elizabeth Follows was the last child born to parents, Ted Follows and Dawn Greenhalgh in 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, Laurence, and Samantha.
After her parents' divorce when she was 11, Megan moved to Los Angeles to attend school and act. She became recognized after her performance in the internationally renowned Anne of Green Gables for which she won the 1986 Gemini Award for best actress
After returning to portray Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, for which she won the 1987 Ace award for best actress and the 1988 Gemini Award for best actress, Meagen took a break from the spotlight and decided to focus on studying theatre. During the 90s Megan focused on Shakespeare and raising a family. Megan married Christopher Porter in 1991, and in 1992, they celebrated the birth of their first child, Lyla Anne. While Lyla was still an infant, Megan got the role of Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet at Canada's Stratford Festival. After the birth of their second child, Russel, Megan and Christopher divorced.