At just 12-years-old, Bailee Madison is already one of the most proficient actresses in the business, effortlessly executing both dramatic and comedic roles, as well as establishing her presence in the world of philanthropy. With inherent charm, sharp intelligence, and a vibrant personality, Bailee Madison is a multitalented actress who has showcased her talent across the board.
Most recently, Madison had a starring role in producer Guillermo Del Toro's thriller "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" with Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, where she played a withdrawn child being haunted by insatiable demons. Madison was recommended for the role by her "Brothers" co-star Natalie Portman.
Madison is currently filming "Parental Guidance" where she will star as the daughter of Marisa Tomei and the granddaughter of Bette Midler and Billy Crystal. The comedy will be a co-production between 20th Century Fox and Walden Media.
This talented young actress has worked with a number of the industry's biggest stars in a variety of diverse and challenging roles. She won rave reviews and a Critics Choice Movie Award nomination for her powerful work on the feature film, "Brothers" opposite Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal. Madison also starred opposite Hilary Swank and Minnie Driver playing the young ‘Betty Ann Waters' in Fox Searchlight's "Conviction."
Madison's role in Columbia Pictures' comedy, "Just Go With It" with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, earned her rave reviews with The Wall Street Journal writing "How 11-Year-Old Bailee Madison Stole Adam Sandler's Movie."
Madison captured audiences hearts with her role of ‘May Belle' in Disney's "Bridge to Terabithia," and has left lasting impressions with her performances in the independent film "Phoebe in Wonderland" starring Felicity Huffman and Elle Fanning and on television in NBC's "Law & Order: SVU." She also appears as ‘Maxine' in Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place" for its fourth and final season.
A driven and talented young actress, Madison is equally committed to using her public profile to raise awareness for those less fortunate. Between filming major motion pictures, Madison has been devoting her time and energy to "Alex's Lemonade Stand," an organization that encourages children nationwide to raise money to find a cure for childhood cancer through running their own lemonade stands. In 2011 Variety named Madison an honoree for her philanthropic efforts with Alex's Lemonade Stand at the "Variety Power Of Youth Awards" which pays homage to the industry's most talented young activists.
When Madison is not traveling, she's just like any other 12-year-old girl, she loves spending time at home with family and friends, barbecuing, swimming, and playing on her swing set. Of course her dog, Maddy, is always by her side.