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Bailee Madison is an American actress. In film, she played May Belle Aarons in Bridge to Terabithia (2007), Isabelle in Brothers (2009), Sally Hurst in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010), Maggie in Just Go with It (2011), Harper Simmons in Parental Guidance (2012), and Kinsey in The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018).

Bailee Madison
Bailee Madison 2015 TV Critics Association Tour (cropped).jpg
Madison in January 2015
Years active2006–present
RelativesKaitlin Vilasuso (sister)

On television, she made guest appearances as Maxine Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place and young Snow White in Once Upon a Time. She also has a recurring role as Sophia Quinn in The Fosters. In 2015, she began starring as Grace Russell in the Hallmark Channel series Good Witch.


Life and careerEdit

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 youth 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 & 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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 at the Golden Globes Gift Lounge on January 14, 2012

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] In 2014, she began playing the recurring role of Sophia Quinn in the ABC Family drama The Fosters. In 2015, she began playing Grace Russell, the daughter of Cassie Nightingale, in the Hallmark series Good Witch.[5]

In 2017 it was announced that Madison would star in an adaptation of Rachel Bateman's novel Someone Else's Summer.[6]

In 2018, she portrayed the role of Kinsey, a rebellious child in horror film The Strangers: Prey at Night. Christina Hendricks and Martin Henderson played her parents. The film received mixed response from critics.[7][8]

Bailee Madison's career also includes voice over work (or voice acting) with Breathe Bible.[9]

Other venturesEdit

Madison has served as the national youth spokesperson for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation since 2010, an organization that encourages kids to fundraise and spread awareness of pediatric cancer by running their own lemonade stands.[10] In January 2018, Madison's first novel was published, Losing Brave, a Young-Adult Mystery which was co-written with Stefne Miller.[11] Since November 2018, she has co-hosted the podcast Just Between Us with her sister Kaitlin Vilasuso.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Lonely Hearts Rainelle Downing
2007 Bridge to Terabithia[13] May Belle Aarons
2007 Look Megan
2007 Saving Sarah Cain Hannah Cottrell
2007 The Last Day of Summer[14] Maxine
2008 Phoebe in Wonderland Olivia Lichten
2008 Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh[15] Mary Alice Johansson
2009 Brothers Isabelle Cahill
2010 An Invisible Sign[16] Young Mona Gray
2010 Conviction Young Betty Anne Waters
2010 Letters to God Samantha Perryfield
2011 Just Go With It Maggie Murphy (Kiki Dee)
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 [17]
2012 A Taste of Romance Hannah Callahan
2013 The Magic Bracelet Ashley Short film
2013 Half Riley Young
2013 Pete's Christmas Katie
2014 Northpole Clementine
2015 Northpole: Open for Christmas Clementine
2015 Good Witch Halloween Grace Russell
2016 Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket Annabelle Hooper
2016 Holiday Joy Joy Hockstatter
2016 The Night Before Halloween Megan
2016 Date with Love Heidi Watts
2017 A Cowgirl's Story Dusty Rhodes Also producer
2018 The Strangers: Prey at Night Kinsey


Year Title Role Notes
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
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Little Girl Episode: "What He Beheld"
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mackenzie Burton Episode: "Locum"
2010 Hubworld Herself [18]
2010, 2012 R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Lilly Carbo / Jenny / Becky 4 episodes
2011 Wizards of Waverly Place[19] Maxine Russo 6 episodes (Season 4)
2011 Chase Zoe Episode: "Father Figure"
2011 Powers Calista Pilot[20]
2012–13, 2016 Once Upon a Time Young Snow White 4 episodes
2013 Holliston Bailee Episode "Rock the Cradle"
2013–2014 Trophy Wife Hillary Harrison Series regular (21 episodes)
2014–2016 The Fosters Sophia Quinn Recurring role, 11 episodes
2014 American Dad! Unknown Episode: "Roger Passes the Bar"
2015–present Good Witch[21] Grace Russell Series regular (30 episodes)
2015 Mulaney Ruby Episode: "Ruby"

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Role
2017 "Love You So" Alex Lange Herself (Alex's girlfriend)
2019 "All the Ways" Meghan Trainor Main part/love interest for the bear
2019 "Love Again" New Hope Club Blake's Girlfriend

Awards and nominationsEdit

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 [22]
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Won [22]
Best Performance in a TV Series Guest Starring Young Actress House Nominated [22]
Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Supporting Young Actress The Last Day of Summer Won [22]
Movieguide Awards Most Inspirational Television Acting Saving Sarah Cain Won [23]
2010 BFCA Critics' Choice Awards Best Young Actress Brothers Nominated [24]
Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated [25]
2011 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film (Leading Young Actress Ten and Under) An Invisible Sign Nominated [26]
Youth Rock Awards Rockin' Child Performer (TV/ Film) Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Nominated [27]
2012 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress Nominated [28]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress Just Go With It Nominated [29]
2013 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Parental Guidance Nominated [30]


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  2. ^ Stacey Harrison. "Bailee Madison returns to The Hub's "Haunting Hour" with "Scarecrow"". Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  3. ^ I Am Second. "I Am Second Bailee Madison – Child Actress". Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  4. ^ "Bailee Madison Trophy Wife". IGN. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "'Good Witch' Star Bailee Madison Teases Spellbinding Season 2". International Business Times. April 15, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave. "Bailee Madison to Star in 'Someone Else's Summer' Movie Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "Review – Strangers: Prey at Night is Why Some Films Don't Need Sequels". Bleeding Cool News And Rumors. March 9, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "Film Review: The Strangers: Prey at Night is a Quick, Bloody Slasher Throwback". Consequence of Sound. March 8, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
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  10. ^ "Young actress Bailee Madison sells lemonade for charity, celebrates Girl Scouts 100th anniversary with new role",, June 12, 2012.
  11. ^ "Losing Brave". Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  12. ^ "PodcastOne: Just Between Us with Bailee Madison & Kaitlin Vilasuso". PodcastOne. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
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  14. ^ "The Last Day Of Summer official site". Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
  15. ^ "Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh official site". Retrieved January 28, 2012.
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  18. ^ "Twitter / Bailee Madison: Katie and I will be on the". December 23, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
  19. ^ Megan Walsh-Boyle. "Exclusive: Disney Channel Announces Season 4 of Wizards of Waverly Place". Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  20. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Pilot Castings: USA's 'Over/Under' Finds Female Lead, Young Actress Joins 'Powers'". Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
  21. ^ "Cast of Good Witch". Hallmark Channel.
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  24. ^ "15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2010) – Best Picture: The Hurt Locker". November 21, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  25. ^ Miller, Ross (February 15, 2014). "Avatar Leads 2010 Saturn Awards Nominations". Retrieved July 23, 2014.
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  27. ^ "Youth Rock Awards Nominees". Youth Rocks Awards. 2011. Retrieved October 16, 2011.
  28. ^ "The 2012 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Ballot!". Fangoria Staff. 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  29. ^ "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2012. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
  30. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Archived from the original on April 2, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2013.

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