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Bailee Madison
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Madison in January 2015
Born
Bailee Madison Riley

(1999-10-15) October 15, 1999 (age 24)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Relatives
  • Kaitlin Vilasuso (sister)
  • Jordi Vilasuso (brother-in-law)
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Bailee Madison Riley (born October 15, 1999) is an American actress. She first gained acclaim for her role as May Belle Aarons in the fantasy drama film Bridge to Terabithia (2007). Madison received further recognition for her starring roles as Isabelle in the war drama film Brothers (2009), Sally Hurst in the horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010), Maggie in the romantic comedy film Just Go with It (2011), Harper Simmons in the comedy film Parental Guidance (2012), Ida Clayton in the family film Cowgirls 'n Angels (2012), Clementine in the fantasy film Northpole (2014), Kinsey in the slasher film The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018), and Avery in the Netflix film A Week Away (2021).

On television, she appeared as Maxine Russo in the fantasy sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place (2011), young Snow White in the fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time (2012–2016), Hillary Harrison in the sitcom Trophy Wife (2013–2014), and Sophia Quinn in the drama series The Fosters (2014–2016). From 2015 to 2021, Madison starred as Grace Russell in the Hallmark Channel comedy-drama series Good Witch. In 2022, she began her role as Imogen Adams in the horror thriller series Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, a spinoff of Pretty Little Liars.

Early life

Madison was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the youngest of seven children. She has four brothers and two sisters. Her older sister, Kaitlin Vilasuso, is also an actress. Her mother is Patricia Riley. She began her career when she was two weeks old, appearing 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.

Career

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Madison at the Faith and Values Awards Gala in 2008

2010s

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

In 2010, Madison starred in her first leading role in the supernatural horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. She starred alongside Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, portraying the role of Sally Hurst, a lonely withdrawn child who is sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3+12 stars out of 4, calling it "a very good haunted house film" and adding that it "milks our frustration deliciously."

In 2013, Madison began playing Hillary on the TV sitcom Trophy Wife, replacing Gianna LePera who played the character in the pilot. 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. Madison continued in the role until the end of the fifth season in 2019.

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

In 2018, Madison portrayed the role of Kinsey, a rebellious child in the slasher film The Strangers: Prey at Night. She starred alongside Christina Hendricks and Martin Henderson, as her parents. Although the film received a mixed response from critics, Madison's performance was praised and was relatively successful at the box office.

2020s

In 2021, Madison played the female lead in a teen Christian musical drama, A Week Away, alongside Kevin Quinn. Netflix released the film on March 26. The following year, she played Imogen Adams in the HBO Max horror-thriller series Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, a spin-off of Pretty Little Liars, to critical acclaim.

Personal life

Since 2019, Madison has been in a relationship with Blake Richardson from the band New Hope Club.

Other ventures

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. In January 2018, Madison's first novel was published, Losing Brave, a Young-Adult Mystery which was co-written with Stefne Miller. Since November 2018, she has co-hosted the podcast Just Between Us with her sister Kaitlin Vilasuso.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Lonely Hearts Rainelle Downing
2007 Bridge to Terabithia May Belle Aarons
Look Megan
Saving Sarah Cain Hannah Cottrell
The Last Day of Summer Maxine
2008 Phoebe in Wonderland Olivia Lichten
2009 Brothers Isabelle Cahill
2010 An Invisible Sign Young Mona Gray
Conviction Young Betty Anne Waters
Letters to God Samantha Perryfield
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Sally Hurst
2011 Just Go With It Maggie Murphy (Kiki Dee)
25 Hill Kate Slater Cameo
2012 Parental Guidance Harper Simmons
Monica Monica (voice) Short film
Cowgirls 'n Angels Ida Clayton
2013 The Magic Bracelet Ashley Short film
Watercolor Postcards Cotton
2016 Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket Annabelle Hooper Also producer
2017 A Cowgirl's Story Dusty Rhodes Also producer
2018 The Strangers: Prey at Night Kinsey
2019 Love & Debt Melissa Warner
2021 A Cinderella Story: Starstruck Finley Tremaine
A Week Away Avery Also co-producer
2022 Play Dead Chloe
TBA The Pool Kate

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2007 CSI: NY Rose Duncan Episode: "Boo"
House Lucy Episode: "Act Your Age"
Unfabulous Young Addie Singer 2 episodes
Cory in the House Maya 2 episodes
Judy's Got a Gun Brenna Lemen Television film
2008 Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh Mary Alice Johansson Television film
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Little Girl Episode: "What He Beheld"
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mackenzie Burton Episode: "Locum"
Hubworld Herself 1 episode
2010–2012 The Haunting Hour: The Series Lilly Carbo / Jenny / Becky 4 episodes
2011 Wizards of Waverly Place Maxine Russo 6 episodes
Chase Zoe Episode: "Father Figure"
Powers Calista Pilot
2012 A Taste of Romance Hannah Callahan Television film
Smart Cookies Daisy Television film
2012–2016 Once Upon a Time Young Snow White 4 episodes
2013 Half Riley Young Television film
Pete's Christmas Katie Television film
Holliston Bailee Episode "Rock the Cradle"
2013–2014 Trophy Wife Hillary Harrison Main role; 21 episodes
2014–2016 The Fosters Sophia Quinn 11 episodes
2014 American Dad! Unknown Episode: "Roger Passes the Bar"
Northpole Clementine Television film
2015–2019;
2021
Good Witch Grace Russell Main role; 57 episodes
2015 Northpole: Open for Christmas Clementine Television film
Mulaney Ruby Episode: "Ruby"
2016 Holiday Joy Joy Hockstatter Television film
The Night Before Halloween Megan Television film
Date with Love Heidi Watts Television film
2022–present Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin Imogen Adams Lead role
2023 The Hardy Boys Drew Darrow Recurring role

Music videos

Year Title Artist Role Notes
2014 "Do Life Big" Jamie Grace Herself Cameo
2017 "Love You So" Alex Lange Alex's Girlfriend
2019 "Foolish" Meghan Trainor Meghan's Party Guest
"All the Ways" The Bear's Love Interest
"Love Again" New Hope Club Blake's Girlfriend
2020 "Worse" Also director
2022 "Call Me a Quitter"

Awards and nominations

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

See also

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