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Bailee Madison (born October 15, 1999) is an American teen actress. She portrays Sophia Quinn, Callie's biological sister, on The Fosters.

She is most known for her role in Bridge to Terabithia in which she plays May Belle Aarons, the younger sister of Jesse Aarons. Madison also starred in the horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark as Sally Hurst, and as Maggie in the Adam Sandler film Just Go With It.

Life and Career

Bailee Madison was born in 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. 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 DisneySeaWorld, and Cadillac. She also serves as a national spokesperson for the childhood-cancer charity Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

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 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 and 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 portrays Samantha Perryfield, a girl whose best friend, played by lead Tanner Maguire, is fighting cancer.

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.

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 filmDon'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.

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 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. She was also cast as Sophia Quinn in the ABC Family original series, The Fosters, where she plays Callie's biological sister.

In 2015, Madison landed the lead role in the Hallmark Channel original series, Good Witch, as the lead character.


Year Film/TV-show Role Notes
2006 Lonely Hearts Rainelle Downing
2007 CSI: NY Rose Duncan Television series (Episode "Boo")
House Lucy Television series (Episode "Act Your Age")
Unfabulous Young Addie Singer Television series (Episode "The Test")
Television series (Episode "The Birthday")
Cory in the House Maya Television series (Episode "Mall of Confusion")
Television series (Episode "I Ain't Got Rhythm")
Bridge to Terabithia May Belle Aarons Main Character
Saving Sarah Cain Hannah Cottrell Television movie
The Last Day of Summer Maxine Television movie
Look Megan
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Little Girl Television series (Episode "What He Beheld")
Phoebe in Wonderland Olivia Lichten
Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh Mary Alice Johansson Television movie
2009 Brothers Isabelle Cahill
2010 An Invisible Sign Young Mona Gray
Conviction Young Betty Anne Waters
Letters to God Samantha Perryfield
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mackenzie Burton Television series (Episode "Locum")
Hubworld Herself [10]
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Lilly Carbo Television series (Episode "Really You, Part 1")
Television series (Episode "Really You, Part 2")
2011 Jenny Television series (Episode "Scarecrow")
Wizards of Waverly Place[11] Maxine Russo Recurring role; 6 episodes (Season 4)
Chase Zoe Television series (Episode "Father Figure")
Just Go With It Maggie Murphy
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark[12] Sally Hurst
25 Hill Cameo appearance as Kate Slater
Powers Calista Television Pilot[13]
2012 Cowgirls n' Angels Ida Clayton [14]
A Taste of Romance Hannah Callahan Television movie
Smart Cookies Daisy Television movie[15]
Parental Guidance Harper Simmons
Monica Monica Voice role, Short Animation Film
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Becky Television series (Episode "The Girl in the Painting")
Once Upon a Time Young Snow White Television series (Episode "The Stable Boy")
Television series (Episode "We Are Both")
2013 Television series (Episode "The Queen Is Dead")
Holliston Bailee Television series (Episode "Rock the Cradle")
The Magic Bracelet Ashley Short Film
Ha/lf Riley Young Television movie
Pete's Christmas Katie Television movie
Trophy Wife Hillary Harrison Television series (Series Regular)
2014 The Fosters Sophia Quinn Television series (Recurring Character)
2015 Good Witch Grace Russell Television series (Main Character)
2017 A Cowgirl's Story Dusty Rhodes Television movie
2018 The Strangers: Prey at Night Kinsey Main Character
2021 A Week Away Avery Main Character
2021 A Cinderella Story: Starstruck Finley Tremaine Main Character


  • The Fosters is the second time she worked with Jake T. Austin. She played Jake's female counterpart on Wizards Of Waverly Place, although they were never seen together on the show.
  • Bailee and her best friend, Peyton List, are often compared to Gossip Girl characters, Blair and Serena.
  • Bailee is close friends with actress Hailee Steinfeld.
  • Bailee is a huge fan of Taylor Swift.