Born in Kernersville, North Carolina, Madison Bailey is an actress renowned for her starring role as Kiara Carrera on the Netflix teen drama series Outer Banks.

The 23-year-old actress, however, originally wanted to be a singer. But she transitioned to acting and modeling at age 15 after suffering stage fright while singing in front of people.

Bailey started her professional acting career in 2015, the year in which she starred in TV series such as Mr. Mercedes and Constantine.

Later in 2018, she was cast as Wendy Hernandez, a teenage metahuman with the ability to control and manipulate the air, in the CW science fiction TV series Black Lightning. She played the role for two seasons.

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While she climbed up the ladder in her career, her family, which includes her parents and siblings, played a crucial role in her life by supporting her dreams.

Madison Bailey Was Adopted by Her Foster Parents

It turns out Bailey was adopted by her foster parents Mary Katherine Bailey and Alex Bailey. They reportedly raised the actress in Kernersville, North Carolina.

Her foster parents previously had a biological son, who is 12 years older than Bailey, after trying multiple times. They, therefore, adopted six children in total, making them parents to seven kids altogether.

"My parents are angels. They had one kid after trying multiple times, fostered dozens of kids, and then adopted six," she told V Magazine in September 2020. "There are three boys and four girls. As pretty evenly as you could split seven."

Madison Bailey with her father Alex Bailey in December 2021.

Madison Bailey with her father Alex Bailey in December 2021. (Photo: Instagram)

Sadly, her foster mother Mary Katherine’s died in 2018.

Madison Bailey Learnt a Lot from Her Humble Family Origins

During the previous conversation with V Magazine, she went on to admit that her humble family origins helped her to remain true to herself despite having a glamorous lifestyle since becoming a global sensation with her roles.

She felt like "a lot of who I am, comes from my family, from living on the East coast, and from growing up in a small town."

Not just that, Bailey added that she missed her family and hadn't seen them [at the time] or been back to her hometown since Outer Banks was released. Meanwhile, she lived in her Los Angeles apartment.

Growing Relationship with Her Siblings

Like any relationship, the bond between siblings in a family is also very crucial in one's life. That is because an individual grows and learns from their siblings while growing up.

Reflecting on her relationship with her siblings, Bailey said that she had a good bond with all six of them. And during the pandemic, she found time to mature her relationship with them even more.

She first admitted she was a black woman in a predominately white household, before sharing that she noticed a paradigm shift in family discussions during the protests, the Black Lives Matter movement, and calls for police reform.

"With being adopted, a lot of my family is White. A lot of my siblings are White and have reached out to me," she said. "I’ve had conversations with my siblings about things they’d never really thought about, even though I had expressed them in the past."

The youngest in the family, Bailey usually posts pictures with her dad, siblings, as well as throwback stories of her mother on her social media.