Before the London, Ontario native accelerated female heartbeats in films like The Notebook or played it quirky in Lars and the Real Girl, Gosling acted as a pickpocket in Road to Avonlea’s seventh season when he was just a teenager. In Season 7 Episode 9: From Away, Gosling plays an English orphan who is sent to stay at Avonlea’s Foundling Home. Along with his brother, Gosling pulls numerous pranks on the town and convinces Davey to steal money from Hetty so that they can make the trip to Halifax to find their long-lost brother.
Kevin Sullivan cast Christopher Lloyd as the slightly haywire substitute actor-turned-substitute-teacher Alistair Dimple, who enters Road to Avonlea in its third season. As he does with all of his roles, Lloyd filled the character of Dimple with charisma, dramatic flair and lots of wild facial expressions. Lloyd won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his appearance on Road to Avonlea in 1992. Lloyd has appeared in Broadway productions, and major feature films including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Back to the Future, Taxi, and The Addams Family.
Christopher Reeve will forever be known as “Superman” after playing the role in the 1978 film (and its 3 sequels). His performance earned many glowing reviews, a BAFTA Award, and led to dozens of roles in film and television series. Reeve’s love of riding is one of the reasons he took the role on Road to Avonlea. Starring in Season 3, Episode 7 Reeve plays Robert Rutherford a mysterious character that comes to Avonlea in search of a lost inheritance. He spent much of an episode on a horse but sadly Reeve’s love for riding ended tragically when he became a quadriplegic after a riding accident in 1995. Christopher Reeve suffered cardiac arrest and passed away on October 10, 2004.
Dianne Wiest won her first Emmy award in 1997 for her performance as Aunt Lillian Hepworth on Road to Avonlea , adding to her already impressive trove of accomplishments. Wiest began acting with roles on stage, and in 1971 made her Broadway debut in the play Solitaire/Double Solitaire. She had a few small roles in television and film before playing a main character in the 1984 film Footloose. Wiest came to the attention of Woody Allen and she was cast in his 1985 film, The Purple Rose of Cairo, and also Allen’s 1987 film, Hannah and her Sisters, for which she won her first Oscar.
Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood played the somewhat duplicitous Caleb Stokes in Season 5 Episode 7 of Road to Avonlea. His character was intended to recur on the series, but he was ultimately only available for one episode of the show. However, his appearance proved fruitful, as he won a Gemini award for “Best Guest Performance in a Series by an Actor” for his appearance. In addition to acting in J.J. Abram’s Star Trek Greenwood has also starred in Flight (alongside Denzel Washington, John Goodman and Don Cheadle), The Place Beyond the Pines (alongside fellow Road to Avonlea cast member Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper). Mostly recently Greenwood had a recurring role on Mad Men, during the last few episodes of that show's final season.
Eugene Levy is an iconic Canadian actor, writer, and creative force. Levy began acting in Canada as part of Toronto’s Second City Comedy group, and the comedy show SCTV, with Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara and the late John Candy. In Season 7 of Road to Avonlea, Levy plays Rudy Blaine, one half of a famous Broadway song-writing team who turn the White Sands Hotel upside down when they arrive for a brief holiday in Avonlea. Rudy is suffering from writers block and is hoping a change of scenery will get his creative juices flowing. This episode later became a fan favorite and one of the most celebrated of the entire Road to Avonlea series.
In 1967 Dunaway landed her career-making role as Bonnie Parker in the film Bonnie and Clyde, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. Dunaway was also nominated for an Oscar for the film Chinatown, starring opposite Jack Nicholson. Her list of credits is extensive in both television and film, acting alongside major stars such as Warren Beatty, Robert Duvall, and Dustin Hoffman. On Road To Avonlea, Dunaway guest stars as the majestic, European Countess Polenska who comes to the White Sands Hotel to see her son marry a Canadian girl from a wealthy family. All of Avonlea is buzzing in anticipation of so noble a wedding when it turns out that the Countess is down to her last penny, having lost her entire family fortune.
Michael York had a recurring role on the second season Road to Avonlea, playing Ezekiel Crane, a reclusive, retired sea captain who inhabits the old lighthouse. York began acting in the theatre while attending Oxford University, and gained popularity when he moved to film, with roles in Franco Zefferelli’s adaptations of The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet. His success in these early pictures led to a steady career in both film and television. He has acted in notable films including Merchant Ivory’s The Guru, Something for Everyone (with Angela Lansbury), Cabaret (alongside Liza Minnelli), Jesus of Nazareth, The Three Musketeers, and The Austin Powers Series.
Meg Tilly played Evelyn Grier, the widow of Alec King’s best friend, on Season 7 of Road to Avonlea. Her character stirs up some drama in the King family when Janet gets suspicious Alec and Evelyn are spending too much time together. Tilly achieved early stardom with an Oscar nomination for one of her first film roles, Agnes of God. Interestingly, her first love was classical dance, and Tilly began with the Connecticut Ballet Company and the Throne Dance Theatre at the age of 17. Her training in ballet led to roles in the 1980s film Fame and 1983s The Big Chill. Tilly is an American but was raised in British Columbia, Canada.
Treat Williams appears opposite Sarah Polley in Season 4 of Road to Avonlea as ex-U.S. Marshal Zak Morgan. Morgan comes to Avonlea with a traveling Wild West show and Sara develops a serious crush on him and the exciting life he leads. Sara decides to leave Avonlea and join Zak on the road, only to find him gone when she arrives at the fairgrounds. Williams is a Golden Globe and Emmy award-nominated actor who became known for his starring role in the 1979 film Hair. Williams has enjoyed a long TV career since appearing on Avonlea starring in the WB's Everwood, ABC's Brother and Sisters and Heartland on TNT.
Best known for her roles as First Lady Abbey Bartlet in TV series The West Wing; Betty Rizzo in Grease; and Ouisa Kittredge in the play and later film Six Degrees of Separation, Stockard Channing appears in two episodes of Season 5 of Road to Avonlea. Her portrayal of Viola Elliot, the eccentric wife of a new minister who comes to Avonlea earned her an Emmy nomination for her performance in 1994. Since 2012, Channing has played the recurring role of Veronica Loy in The Good Wife and was recently on Broadway starring opposite Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in Terrence McNally's comedy It's Only A Play.
Peter Coyote most famously appeared in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, as the lead scientist “Keys”. On Road To Avonlea Coyote plays Romney Penhallow, Hetty King’s old (and only) serious beau of her youth. Despite every attempt to avoid meeting Mr. Penhallow, Hetty finds herself manipulated into an encounter with him. Nonetheless, she and Romney tentatively manage to resume their former relationship, only to discover it to be as tempestuous and argumentative as it was so many years before. For his guest appearance on the television series Road to Avonlea, Coyote received his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
Ned Beatty is an American actor who has appeared in more than 160 films and has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain and a Golden Globe Award. Beatty guest stars opposite Jackie Burroughs in Season 3 of Road to Avonlea as Wally Higgins, a happy-go-lucky, bachelor salesman from the “Windy City Skates Company” who arrives in Avonlea eager to sell his skates to one and all. The minute he sets his eyes on Hetty’s size 6AAAA feet, his heart does a somersault – he’s found what he’s been looking for all these years – the little lady with the perfect “tootsie wootsies” to share his life with!
Diana Rigg was made Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1994 by Queen Elizabeth for her contributions to theatre and film is best known for portraying Emma Peel in the television series The Avengers, and appearing as a Bond Girl in the film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. In Season 4 of Road to Avonlea, Rigg plays business magnate Lady Edith Blackwell who comes to Avonlea to try and convince her nephew to take control of the family business. Since 2013, she has played Lady Olenna Tyrell in the HBO series Game of Thrones, and played Sutton in the 2015-2016 Sky 1/NBC series You, Me and the Apocalypse.
Maureen Stapleton was good friends with Colleen Dewhurst and was eager to take the role of Maggie MacPhee after hearing how much Colleen enjoyed playing Marilla Cuthbert in both Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea. Stapleton starred opposite guest star Faye Dunaway in Season 6 of Road to Avonlea. Stapleton was an American actress in film, theater and television and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Emma Goldman in Reds (1981). Stapleton was nominated for a ‘Cable Ace Award’ for ‘Best Guest Actress in a Dramatic Series’ and an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series’ in 1996 for her role as Maggie MacPhee.
Kahn appears in Season 2 of Road To Avonlea playing Pigeon Plumtree, a world-famous actress, who causes chaos while visiting Avonlea when she gets caught up in a love triangle gone wrong. Kahn’s performance is as touching as it is hilarious. Kahn was nominated and received several awards over her life, including two Oscar nominations (in 1974, for Best Supporting Actress in “Paper Moon” and in 1975, for Best Supporting Actress in “Blazing Saddles”) and a Tony award for her performance in “The Sisters Rosenweig”. Kahn succumbed to cancer at the very young age of 57. Her performances, and in particular, her outstanding comedic work, will continue to entertain audiences for years to come.