Monday, April 20, 2015

Male on Monday - Jonathan Crombie

Editor Ali Williams is paying tribute to Jonathan Crombie - the man who brought Gilbert Blythe alive for a generation.

There are few stories that are quite as beloved as that of Anne Shirley, the red-headed orphan that burst into our hearts.

And never has a television production been so faithfully admired, as that of Kevin Sullivan's.

News broke this week that Jonathan Crombie, who played Gilbert Blythe, suffered a brain hemorrhage and died at the shocking age of 48 on the 15th April.

Gilbert was one of Jonathan's first roles, with the actor going on to spend time both on stage, in comedy troupes and on television.

The Green Gables gang have spoken out, Kevin Sullivan saying that "on a personal level he was as generous and sensitive and ambitious in some ways as the person that he played on screen.”  

And Megan Follows, who played opposite him as Anne, said: “Truly I just remember at times just laughing so hard that you’d just be crying. He was so playful and silly and as I said really bright, so his humour was always informed with that, which made him even funnier.”

Rest in peace Jonathan.  You were the boy next door, you were our Gilbert, and you will be remembered.

Ali Williams grew up in Croydon and spent her teenage years in a convent girls' school. She then fled to university where she discovered champagne cocktails, a capella singing and erotica.

These days she blogs about perceptions of romance, #StrongRomanceHeroines and women in society and spends an extraordinary amount of time coercing male friends to pose with her favourite Mills & Boon books to the bemusement of the Twittersphere.

Passionately vocal about the wonders of romance, Ali defies you to slam romance novels within her hearing!


  1. What a heartbreaking loss that is. The "Anne" movies are such a part of my life's geography that I feel as though a family member is gone.

    1. I agree whole-heartedly. And by all accounts Jonathan was as lovely in real life as he was when he was playing Gilbert.. A sad loss.