Madeleine Madden

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Madeleine Madden
Born (1997-01-29) 29 January 1997 (age 24)

Madeleine Madden (born 29 January 1997) is an Australian actress.


In 2010, at age 13, Madden became the first teenager in Australia to deliver an address to the nation, when she delivered a two-minute speech on the future of Indigenous Australians. It was broadcast to 6 million viewers on every free-to-air television network in Australia.[1][2] She said she grew up in a very political family; she is the great-granddaughter of Arrernte elder Hetty Perkins, the granddaughter of activist and soccer player Charles Perkins, and the daughter of art curator and writer Hetti Perkins.[1][2][3] Her aunt is director Rachel Perkins.



Madden starred in Australia's first indigenous teen drama, Ready for This, and in the critically applauded Redfern Now.[3][4] She has also starred in The Moodys, Jack Irish, My Place and The Code. In 2016 she starred in the miniseries Tomorrow, When the War Began which is based on the John Marsden series of young adult books. In 2018 she played Marion Quade in the miniseries Picnic at Hanging Rock,[5] Crystal Swan in the TV miniseries Mystery Road and Immy DuPain in the series Pine Gap. She has been cast as Egwene al'Vere in Amazon's upcoming adaptation of The Wheel of Time novels.[6]


Madden has starred in short films by Deborah Mailman, and Meryl Tankard and co-starred with Christina Ricci and Jack Thompson in Around the Block.[5][7] Her first film acting job was at 8 years old. She aims to become a director in the future.[8]

When she was 21, Madden made her big Hollywood debut as Sammy in the 2019 Nickelodeon film Dora and the Lost City of Gold.



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Ralph Maddie Short
2011 Moth Trinni Short
2012 The Hoarders Lily Short
2013 Around the Block Williemai
2014 Frontier Toora Short
2016 Gimpsey Jaze Short
2018 Cooee Ripley Short
2019 Dora and the Lost City of Gold Sammy Moore
TBA Maestro Rosie in pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009 My Place Laura Episode: "2008 Laura"
2012–13 Redfern Now Chloe Episodes: "Stand Up", "Pokies"
2014 The Moodys Lucy Episode: "Australia Day"
2014 Jack Irish: Dead Point Marie TV film
2014 The Code Sheyna Smith Episodes: "1.1", "1.2"
2015 Ready for This Zoe Preston Main role (13 episodes)
2016 The Weekend Shift Laura TV series
2016 Tomorrow, When the War Began Corrie Mackenzie TV miniseries
2017 High Life Holly McMahon TV series
2017 Doctor Doctor Millie Episode: "Picture of Innocence"
2018 Picnic at Hanging Rock Marion Quade TV miniseries
2018 Mystery Road Crystal Swan TV miniseries
2018 Pine Gap Immy Dupain TV miniseries
2018 Tidelands Violca Main role
2022 Ark: The Animated Series Helena Walker Voice role[9]
TBA The Wheel of Time Egwene al'Vere TV series

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Year Title Role Notes
2021 Ark: Survival Evolved Helena Walker Voice role


  1. ^ a b Dobbie, Phil (6 November 2010). "An Employment Pool of Eager Aussies". CBS MoneyWatch. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Aboriginal teen 'stoked' after speech". The Age. Australian Associated Press. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b Dow, Steve (25 October 2013). "The next generation of indigenous stars". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  4. ^ Obenson, Tambay. "Trailer: Australia's First Indigenous Teen Drama, 'Ready for This' (Could Be Coming to Your Netflix Queue)". Indiewire. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b Madeleine Madden at IMDb
  6. ^ The Wheel of Time on Prime [@WoTonPrime] (14 August 2019). ""It was about a woman who would not bend her back while she was beaten, and who shown with a light for all who watched." @TigerMadden as Egwene Al'Vere #WoTWednesday #TwitterOfTime" (Tweet). Retrieved 14 August 2019 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Moran, Jonathon (24 June 2012). "Rising star a chip off the old block for star Ruby Rose and Madeleine Madden". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  8. ^ Urankar, Chris (September 2015). "Dusk til Dawn: Madeleine Madden". InStyle Australian edition. Time Inc. 16 (9): 112–121. ISSN 1443-4350.
  9. ^ Rosario, Alexandra Del; Rosario, Alexandra Del (11 December 2020). "'Ark: The Animated Series': Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh & Elliot Page Among Voice Cast Members In New Video Game-Inspired Show".

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