Bailee Madison

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Bailee Madison
Bailee Madison 2015 TV Critics Association Tour (cropped).jpg
Madison at the TV Critics Association Tour on January 8 2015
Born (1999-10-15) October 15, 1999 (age 15)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Bailee Madison (born October 15, 1999) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in Bridge to Terabithia in which she plays May Belle Aarons, the younger sister of Jesse Aarons and for her role as Young Snow White in the ABC hit Series "Once Upon a Time". Madison also starred in the horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark as Sallie Hurst, and as Maggie in the Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston film Just Go with It. She also stars as Harper in Parental Guidance as the oldest daughter of a loving but very strict family.

Life and career[edit]

Madison was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the youngest of seven children. She has four brothers and two sisters. Her older sister, Kaitlin Riley, is also an actress. Her mother is Patricia Riley.[1] She began her career when she was two weeks old in an Office Depot commercial. Since then, she has appeared in several national commercials for major companies including Disney, SeaWorld, and Cadillac. She also serves as a national spokesperson for the childhood-cancer charity Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.[2][3]

She made her major motion picture debut in the movie Lonely Hearts, in which she plays Rainelle, a girl thrown into the midst of a world of crime. Madison also has a significant role in the Disney movie Bridge to Terabithia, based on the children's book. She plays May Belle Aarons, the younger sister of the lead male character played by Josh Hutcherson. She also appears in the independent film Look as Megan, a girl who is being watched and followed by a kidnapper.

Madison had a small role in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles during the season 1 finale "What He Beheld" as a girl who becomes part of a short-lived hostage situation. In the DVD extras it is said that they thought about changing the role slightly because of its violent nature, but she insisted that they not. Madison appeared in Nickelodeon's made-for-TV movie, The Last Day of Summer. She plays a girl who helps a friend during a difficult time. Another Nickelodeon production she had a role in was the television Christmas special Merry Christmas Drake and Josh. She played a girl who lived with a foster family.

Madison at the Faith and Values Awards Gala in 2008

Madison is seen in a featured supporting role in the 2009 film, Brothers as Isabelle Cahill, the older daughter of Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) and Grace Cahill (Natalie Portman). For her portrayal in the movie she was nominated for both a Saturn Award and a BFCA Critics' Choice Award. In 2010, Madison was in the movie Letters to God, where she portrays Samantha Perryfield, a girl whose best friend, played by lead Tanner Maguire,[4] is fighting cancer.

She is seen in Conviction playing the younger version of Hilary Swank's character, Betty Anne Waters. She can be seen in the episode "Locum" from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Mackenzie Burton, a girl who was adopted and feels like she is only filling the place of her parents' older daughter who was abducted years ago. She appeared in three episodes of the children's horror series, R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour.

Madison in February 2011

In 2011, Madison had a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original Series Wizards Of Waverly Place as Maxine, the girl form of Max Russo. She also appeared in Just Go with It, alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, as Maggie Murphy, a young girl who wants to become an actress. Madison can be seen in the drama film, An Invisible Sign as the younger version of Jessica Alba's character Mona Gray. She starred in her first leading role in the horror film, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, alongside Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce where she portrayed Sally Hurst, a lonely withdrawn child who is sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend.

In 2012, Madison appeared in the Hallmark film A Taste of Romance alongside Teri Polo and James Patrick Stuart. She also had a guest role as the younger version of Ginnifer Goodwin's character Snow White in the TV series Once Upon A Time. She also could be seen in the film Cowgirls n' Angels where she played the feisty and rebellious Ida Clayton who has fantasies of finding her father, a rodeo rider. Madison appeared in another Hallmark film entitled Smart Cookie as Daisy, an eager girl hoping to prove herself as a Girl Scout. In December, she appeared in the family comedy film Parental Guidance, alongside Billy Crystal and Bette Midler.

In 2013, Madison began playing Hillary on the TV sitcom Trophy Wife, replacing Gianna LePera who played the character in the pilot.[5] She was named one of the 20 under 20 up and coming stars to watch in 2013. [6] And in 2014, she began playing Sophia Quinn in the TV drama The Fosters. In 2015, she plays Grace, the daughter of Cassie Nightengale, in the Hallmark series Good Witch, which premiered on February 28, 2015.

Community involvement[edit]

Madison publicly supports several charities. She serves as a national spokesperson for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization that encourages kids to fundraise and spread awareness of pediatric cancer by running their own lemonade stands[7] Since 2009 Madison has supported Starlight Children's Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to serving chronically ill and hospitalized kids, by visiting children's hospitals and hosting fundraising events.[8] She also launched Starlight's inaugural Play in May campaign.[9]

Personal life[edit]

As of May 2015, Madison has been dating former X Factor contestant and current Forever in Your Mind band member, Emery Kelly; they both have confirmed and publicly displayed their relationship through their social media accounts. [10][11][12][13][14][15][16]


Madison at the Golden Globes Gift Lounge on January 14 2012
Year Film/TV-show Role Notes
2006 Lonely Hearts Rainelle Downing
2007 CSI: NY Rose Duncan Television series (Episode "Boo")
House Lucy Television series (Episode "Act Your Age")
Unfabulous Young Addie Singer Television series (Episode "The Test")
Television series (Episode "The Birthday")
Cory in the House Maya Television series (Episode "Mall of Confusion")
Television series (Episode "I Ain't Got Rhythm")
Bridge to Terabithia[17] May Belle Aarons Main Character
Saving Sarah Cain Hannah Cottrell Television movie
The Last Day of Summer[18] Maxine Television movie
Look Megan
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Little Girl Television series (Episode "What He Beheld")
Phoebe in Wonderland Olivia Lichten
Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh[19] Mary Alice Johansson Television movie
2009 Brothers Isabelle Cahill
2010 An Invisible Sign[20] Young Mona Gray
Conviction Young Betty Anne Waters
Letters to God Samantha Perryfield
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mackenzie Burton Television series (Episode "Locum")
Hubworld Herself [21]
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Lilly Carbo Television series (Episode "Really You, Part 1")
Television series (Episode "Really You, Part 2")
2011 Jenny Television series (Episode "Scarecrow")
Wizards of Waverly Place[22] Maxine Russo Recurring role; 6 episodes (Season 4)
Chase Zoe Television series (Episode "Father Figure")
Just Go With It Maggie Murphy
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark[23] Sally Hurst
25 Hill Kate Slater Cameo appearance
Powers Calista Television Pilot[24]
2012 Cowgirls n' Angels Ida Clayton [25]
A Taste of Romance Hannah Callahan Television movie
Smart Cookies Daisy Television movie[7]
Parental Guidance Harper Simmons
Monica Monica Voice role, Short Animation Film
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Becky Television series (Episode "The Girl in the Painting")
Once Upon a Time Young Snow White Television series (Episode "The Stable Boy")
Television series (Episode "We Are Both")
2013 Television series (Episode "The Queen Is Dead")
Holliston Bailee Television series (Episode "Rock the Cradle")
The Magic Bracelet Ashley Short Film
Half Riley Young Television movie
Pete's Christmas Katie Television movie
Trophy Wife Hillary Harrison Television series (Series Regular)
2014–present The Fosters Sophia Quinn Television series (Recurring Role; Season 2)
2014 Northpole Clementine Television movie
2015–present Good Witch[26] Grace Russell Television series
2015 Northpole 2 Clementine Television movie
Mulaney Ruby Television series (Episode "Ruby")

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Result Role
Young Artist Award 2008 Best Performance in a Feature Film Young Actress Age Ten or Younger[27] Won May Belle Aarons in Bridge to Terabithia
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast[27] Won
Best Performance in a TV Series Guest Starring Young Actress[27] Nominated Lucy in House
Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Supporting Young Actress[27] Won Maxine in The Last Day of Summer
MovieGuide Awards Most Inspirational Television Acting[28] Won Hannah Cottrell in Saving Sarah Cain
BFCA Critics' Choice Award 2010 Best Young Actress[29] Nominated Isabelle Cahill in Brothers
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor[30] Nominated
Young Artist Award 2011 Best Performance in a Feature Film (Leading Young Actress Ten and Under)[31] Nominated Young Mona Gray in An Invisible Sign
Youth Rock Awards Rockin' Child Performer (TV/ Film)[32] Nominated Sally Hirst in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards 2012 Best Actress[33] Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress[34] Nominated Maggie Murphy in Just Go With It.
2013 Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast[35] Nominated Harper Simmons in Parental Guidance


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  2. ^ Stacey Harrison. "Bailee Madison returns to The Hub’s "Haunting Hour" with "Scarecrow"". Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  3. ^ I Am Second. "I Am Second Bailee Madison – Child Actress". Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  4. ^ Tanner James Maguire "Tanner Maguire IMDB". IMDB. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  5. ^ "Bailee Madison Trophy Wife". IGN. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  6. ^ "20 Under 20 (Up and Coming Young Actresses)". The Midwest TV Guys. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Young actress Bailee Madison sells lemonade for charity, celebrates Girl Scouts 100th anniversary with new role" June 12, 2012.
  8. ^ "Corbin Bleu and Bailee Madison: Starlight Hospital Happening Hosts" Shine On Media. December 3, 2009.
  9. ^ "Bailee Madison and Starlight Children's Foundation Kick Off Play In May" Fanlala. May 1, 2014.
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  18. ^ "The Last Day Of Summer official site". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  19. ^ "Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh official site". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  20. ^ "J2 Pictures / J2TV official web site". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  21. ^ "Twitter / Bailee Madison: Katie and I will be on the". 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  22. ^ Megan Walsh-Boyle. "Exclusive: Disney Channel Announces Season 4 of Wizards of Waverly Place". Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  23. ^ Don't Be Afraid of the Dark site[dead link]
  24. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "PILOT CASTINGS: USA's 'Over/Under' Finds Female Lead, Young Actress Joins 'Powers'". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
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  29. ^ "15th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards (2010) – Best Picture: The Hurt Locker". 2011-11-21. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  30. ^ Miller, Ross (2014-02-15). "Avatar Leads 2010 Saturn Awards Nominations". Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  31. ^ "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  32. ^ "YOUTH ROCK AWARDS NOMINEES". Youth Rocks Awards. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  33. ^ "The 2012 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards Ballot!". FANGORIA Staff. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  34. ^ "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  35. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved 2013-01-03. 

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