Bailee Madison

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

Bailee Madison (born October 15, 1999) is an American actress. She is known for her role as May Belle Aarons, the younger sister of Jesse Aarons in Bridge to Terabithia (2007), and as Young Snow White in the ABC fantasy drama Once Upon a Time. Madison also starred in the horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark as Sallie Hurst, and as Maddie in the film Just Go with It.

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 at the Faith and Values Awards Gala in 2008

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 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 portrayed Samantha Perryfield, best friend of the lead character who 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.

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.

Madison in February 2011

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 as the main character 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.[4] She was named one of the 20 under 20 up and coming stars to watch in 2013.[5] And in 2014, she began playing the recurring role of Sophia Quinn in the ABC drama The Fosters. In 2015, she began playing Grace, the daughter of Cassie Nightengale, in the Hallmark series Good Witch, which premiered on February 28.

In August 25, 2015, Madison was spotted talking to some fans at her hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she is being filmed in the Hallmark series Good Witch. Madison describes herself as a "not a morning person."

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[6] 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.[7] She also launched Starlight's inaugural Play in May campaign.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Madison has been dating Emery Kelly since August 2015.[9][10]


Madison at the Golden Globes Gift Lounge on January 14, 2012


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Lonely Hearts Rainelle Downing
2007 Bridge to Terabithia[11] May Belle Aarons Main role
2007 Look Megan
2008 Phoebe in Wonderland Olivia Lichten
2009 Brothers Isabelle Cahill
2010 An Invisible Sign[12] Young Mona Gray
2010 Conviction Young Betty Anne Waters
2010 Letters to God Samantha Perryfield
2011 Just Go With It Maggie Murphy
2011 Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Sally Hurst
2011 25 Hill Kate Slater Cameo appearance
2012 Parental Guidance Harper Simmons
2012 Monica Monica Voice role; animated short
2012 Cowgirls n' Angels Ida Clayton [13]
2013 The Magic Bracelet Ashley Short film


2007 Dreams of the one and only holly Main roll
2007 CSI: NY Rose Duncan Episode: "Boo"
2007 House Lucy Episode: "Act Your Age"
2007 Unfabulous Young Addie Singer 2 episodes
2007 Cory in the House Maya 2 episodes
2007 Saving Sarah Cain Hannah Cottrell Movie
2007 The Last Day of Summer[14] Maxine Movie
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Little Girl Episode: "What He Beheld"
2008 Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh[15] Mary Alice Johansson Movie
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mackenzie Burton Episode: "Locum"
2010 Hubworld Herself [16]
2010-2012 R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Lilly Carbo / Jenny / Becky 4 episodes
2011 Wizards of Waverly Place[17] Maxine Russo Recurring role; 6 episodes (Season 4)
2011 Chase Zoe Episode: "Father Figure"
2011 Powers Calista Pilot[18]
2012 A Taste of Romance Hannah Callahan Movie
2012 Smart Cookies Daisy Movie[6]
2012-2013 Once Upon a Time Young Snow White 3 episodes
2013 Holliston Bailee Episode "Rock the Cradle"
2013 Half Riley Young Movie
2013 Pete's Christmas Katie Movie
2013 Trophy Wife Hillary Harrison Series regular; 21 episodes
2014–present The Fosters Sophia Quinn Recurring role; seasons 2 & 3
2014 Northpole Clementine Movie
2015–present Good Witch[19] Grace Russell Hallmark series
2015 Northpole 2 Clementine Movie
2015 Mulaney Ruby Episode: "Ruby"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film Young Actress Age Ten or Younger Bridge to Terabithia Won [20]
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Won [20]
Best Performance in a TV Series Guest Starring Young Actress House Nominated [20]
Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Supporting Young Actress The Last Day of Summer Won [20]
MovieGuide Awards Most Inspirational Television Acting Saving Sarah Cain Won [21]
2010 BFCA Critics' Choice Awards Best Young Actress Brothers Nominated [22]
Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated [23]
2011 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film (Leading Young Actress Ten and Under) An Invisible Sign Nominated [24]
Youth Rock Awards Rockin' Child Performer (TV/ Film) Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Nominated [25]
2012 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress Nominated [26]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress Just Go With It Nominated [27]
2013 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Parental Guidance Nominated [28]


  1. ^ "Children in Film". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  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. ^ "Bailee Madison Trophy Wife". IGN. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  5. ^ "20 Under 20 (Up and Coming Young Actresses)". The Midwest TV Guys. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Young actress Bailee Madison sells lemonade for charity, celebrates Girl Scouts 100th anniversary with new role" June 12, 2012.
  7. ^ "Corbin Bleu and Bailee Madison: Starlight Hospital Happening Hosts" Shine On Media. December 3, 2009.
  8. ^ "Bailee Madison and Starlight Children's Foundation Kick Off Play In May" Fanlala. May 1, 2014.
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  11. ^ "Bridge to Terabithia official site". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  12. ^ "J2 Pictures / J2TV official web site". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  13. ^ Josh L. Dickey (2011-04-11). "Bailee Madison rides rodeo pic". Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  14. ^ "The Last Day Of Summer official site". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  15. ^ "Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh official site". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  16. ^ "Twitter / Bailee Madison: Katie and I will be on the". 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  17. ^ Megan Walsh-Boyle. "Exclusive: Disney Channel Announces Season 4 of Wizards of Waverly Place". Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  18. ^ 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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  20. ^ a b c d "29th Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  21. ^ garcia, Ellen (2008-02-14). "Top 10 Movies of 2007 Announced at 'Christian Oscars'". Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "15th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards (2010) – Best Picture: The Hurt Locker". 2011-11-21. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  23. ^ Miller, Ross (2014-02-15). "Avatar Leads 2010 Saturn Awards Nominations". Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  25. ^ "Youth Rock Awards Nominees". Youth Rocks Awards. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  26. ^ "The 2012 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Ballot!". Fangoria Staff. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  27. ^ "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  28. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved 2013-01-03. 

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