Madeline Carroll

Madeline Carroll (born (1996-03-18)March 18, 1996) is an American actress known for starring as Juli Baker in Flipped, as Molly Johnson in Swing Vote, as Farren in The Spy Next Door, and as Willow O'Neil in The Magic of Belle Isle.

Madeline Carroll
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Born (1996-03-18) March 18, 1996 (age 26)
Years active2003–present

Early lifeEdit

Carroll was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her mother is a homemaker and her father is a contractor. She has three brothers: Ned, Jack and Dylan. She began modeling at the age of three.[1] At the age of four, she was discovered by her theatrical agent 'Wendy' in a nail shop in Sherman Oaks.[2] She began her career appearing in numerous commercials for companies such as Allstate, Chef Boyardee, Kmart, Mr. Clean, Subway, Super 8 Motels and Target Corporation.


Carroll at the 38th People's Choice Awards in 2012

Her first appearance in a film was in the 2006 horror film When a Stranger Calls. After minor roles in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause and Resident Evil: Extinction, in 2008 she got her first major role co-starring in Swing Vote alongside Kevin Costner. In 2010 she appeared in the Jackie Chan film The Spy Next Door.[3] That same year she also starred in the film adaptation of Wendelin Van Draanen's novel, Flipped, directed by Rob Reiner. Carroll's performance in the film garnered critical acclaim, and in 2011 and 2012 she appeared in numerous other movies such as Mr. Popper's Penguins, Machine Gun Preacher, and The Magic of Belle Isle.

Around age 15, Carroll began to be offered nude or promiscuous roles, all of which she turned down due to her personal beliefs.[1] In 2014, also due to personal reasons, she turned down a larger role in the show Scandal,[4] in which she had already appeared in two episodes. When she was 19, she nearly gave up being an actress altogether after a call from her agent, who stated that it was impossible to be a Hollywood actress without taking nude roles. Later, she related the following:

I said I'm going to call my agent and I'm going to quit. And literally, I don't know, the Holy Spirit, I guess, pulled me back down to my knees and I said "but God, if you still called me here and this is what you want from me, then you have to send me something and better yet, send me something that would edify you and that's how I'll know that I'm still called to be here."[5]

The next day, she was offered a role in the Christian film God Bless the Broken Road.[1] Since then, she has played roles in other faith-based films, including I Can Only Imagine and Pure Flix's Indivisible, both of which were released in 2018.

In 2019, Carroll received the Golden Angel for "Excellent Young Performing Artist of U.S." at the 15th Chinese American Film Festival in Los Angeles.[6]

Subsequent to starring in the Erwin Brothers' I Can Only Imagine, Carroll became involved with their studio Kingdom Story Company, with the purpose of learning filmmaking.[7] She, Jon Erwin, and Jon Gunn wrote the script of Kingdom's first production and Carroll's screenwriting debut, I Still Believe, which was released on March 2020.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Carroll is a devout Christian, and often speaks about her faith at religious events and conferences, and during interviews.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 When a Stranger Calls Allison Mandrakis
2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Cocoa
2007 Goldfish Jenny Short film
2007 Resident Evil: Extinction White Queen
2008 Swing Vote Molly Johnson
2009 Astro Boy Widget (voice)
2010 The Spy Next Door Farren
2010 Flipped Juli Baker
2010 Café Elly
2010 Roshambo Madeline Short film
2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins Janie Popper
2011 Machine Gun Preacher Paige Childers
2012 The Magic of Belle Isle Willow O'Neil
2012 Shit Italian Moms Say Rosalie Short film
2017 Zer0-Tolerance Alyssa
2018 I Can Only Imagine Shannon
2018 God Bless the Broken Road Hannah
2018 Indivisible Amanda Bradley
2018 Destined to Ride Lily Davidson also known as Pistachio
2020 I Still Believe N/A Writer; also co-producer


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Cold Case Gwen Deamer (1983) Episode: "Gleen"
2005 Hidden Howie: The Private Life of a Public Nuisance Riley Mandell Pilot
2005 Night Stalker Julie Medlock Episode: "Pilot"
2005 Wanted Irene 2 episodes
2006 All of Us Elisabeth Episode: "Domo Arigato, Mr. Roberto"
2006 Passions Young Kay Episode: "#1.1711"
2007 Lost Annie Episode: "The Man Behind the Curtain"
2008 High School Musical: Get in the Picture Gabriela Montez ABC Realty series
2008 Grey's Anatomy Ivy Soltanoff Episode: "In the Midnight Hour"
2009 Lie to Me Samantha Burch Episode: "Do No Harm"
2009 Cold Case Hillary Rhodes (1963) Episode: "November 22"
2009 The Cleaner Sarah Episode: "The Things We Didn't Plan"
2009 NCIS Angela Kelp Episode: "Child's Play"
2010 Private Practice Maggie Episode: "Triangles"
2011; 2013 R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Audrey Miller / Jillian 2 episodes
2013 Blink Ari Trask Television film
2014 Scandal Karen Grant 2 episodes
2018 Criminal Minds Ally McCready 1 episode


  1. ^ a b c Michael Foust (March 28, 2019). "Actress Madeline Carroll turned down roles with nudity, promiscuity to honor God". Christian Post. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  2. ^ "Madeline Carroll Interview at".
  3. ^ "Exclusive Interview with The Spy Next Door's Madeline Carroll". Archived from the original on January 28, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
  4. ^ Laurie, Greg (July 2, 2018), Madeline Carroll Interview: Icons of Faith Series, archived from the original on December 21, 2021, retrieved February 14, 2019
  5. ^ Madeline Carroll | NRB 2018 Interview, March 8, 2018, retrieved February 14, 2019
  6. ^ Gui, Ming. "2019 GOLDEN ANGEL AWARD". Chinese American Film Festival. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  7. ^ Michael Foust (March 28, 2019). "Actress Madeline Carroll Turned Down Nude Role, Fame and Fortune for Righteousness". Christian Headlines. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  8. ^ Jeannie Law (February 8, 2020). "Once struggling actress, filmmaker Madeline Carroll says God is 'faithful'". Christian Post. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  9. ^ "Madeline Carroll Talks Faith and Music in I Can Only Imagine". Retrieved February 14, 2019.

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