There’s no doubt that Bailee Madison is one of the most talented and successful actresses that her generation has seen. She had her breakout year in 2007/2008 when she played the role of May Belle in Disney’s Bridge to Terabithia.
That film brought her first film award ever which was the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film Young Actress Age Ten or Younger. She was just 6 years old. Madison has not looked back since then. Her Disney days are over as Bailee has transitioned into a staple of the Hallmark channel.
Meeting new people, traveling, and exploring are some of the reasons that Bailee loves to act.
Bailee Madison Bio/Age
Madison was born on October 15, 1999, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is the last child in a family of 7. Her mother’s name is Patricia. Madison has two sisters including actress Kaitlin Riley and four brothers (including Connor and Sean).
She has revealed in her interviews that she has a strong bond with her sisters. Madison has revealed that she and her sisters wore the exact same pajamas when they were kids. She described it as her favorite tradition.
Madison’s mom was instrumental in her early involvement in the show business. At just 2 weeks old, Bailee was doing commercials. Her first commercial was for Office Depot. She then added Disney, SeaWorld, and Cadillac.
Bailee began acting at the age of 5. She made her feature film debut in Lonely Hearts (2006), a film based on the true story of the notorious “Lonely Hearts Killers” of the 1940s. However, it was her role in Disney’s Bridge to Terabithia that gained her widespread recognition. Bailee rounded up 2007 with the independent film, Look.
Also in 2007, she made her small screen debut. She played small roles in CSI: NY, House, Unfabulous, Cory in the House. She also appeared in two TV films Saving Sarah Cain and The Last Day of Summer.
For the former, she won a Movieguide Awards for Most Inspirational Television Acting. Her role in The Last Day of Summer saw her help a friend who was going through a difficult time. The role won her a Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Supporting Young Actress.
Bailee’s career received another boost in 2009 after she starred in Brothers, portraying Isabelle Cahill. Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman played her parents. Madison received rave reviews for her acting earning her first Saturn Award nomination for Best Performance by a Younger Actor and a BFCA Critics’ Choice Award for Best Young Actress.
She played a young Jessica Alba in An Invisible Sign. Her other films in 2010 included; Conviction and Letters to God
In 2008, she had a small part in the TV series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. 2011 was another huge year for Bailee. She appeared in 6 episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place playing the role of Maxine Russo.
Bailee also made headlines on the big screen with her appearance on Just Go With It which co-starred Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. Wall Street Journal wrote of Bailee’s acting: “How 11-Year-Old Bailee Madison Stole Adam Sandler’s Movie”.
Her role as Sally Hurst in Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark was her first lead role in a horror film.
As Bailee transitioned into adulthood, she began to take on more mature roles. She made her Hallmark debut in A Taste of Romance. She also starred in Parental Guidance and Cowgirls n’ Angels.
Since 2012, Bailee has been quiet on the big screen, appearing in independent and small budget films including Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket, the short film The Magic Bracelet, The Night Before Halloween, and The Strangers: Prey at Night.
While her activity waned on the big screen, Bailee remained relatively active on TV. She landed her first series regular role in Trophy Wife playing Hillary Harrison. From the second season of The Fosters, Bailee has been portraying the recurring character of Sophia Quinn.
She is a series regular on the Hallmark Channel original series Good Witch.
In addition to acting, Bailee has been involved in charitable causes. She has been a spokesperson for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. She also runs a YouTube web series which she co-hosts with her former babysitter Samantha Droke who is a close friend of Ashley Tisdale.
Bailee Madison Dead or Alive
Contrary to rumors that she was dead, Bailee Madison is alive and well.
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Bailee wears shoe size 8 (US). According to wiki’s feet, her feet are rated as beautiful with a 5-star rating.