Lightning Point: characters: Madison


Madison is the self-proclaimed queen of the waves in Lightning Point, and is the centre of a formidable social circle which includes her cocky boyfriend Brandon and her best friend Gina. She is a surfer, but more for her image than a real love of the ocean. Madison comes from a rich, influential family in Lightning Point, and is not used to being told "no".

Madison is quick to judge, closed-minded and vain. But she is also intelligent, charming and inventive — traits she usually uses to get what she wants. Madison has always looked down her nose at Amber. When Zoey and Kiki turn up, Madison's delicate social hierarchy is threatened — not only does Amber suddenly have cool friends, but Zoey seems to have chemistry with Brandon, and Madison is definitely not going to stand for that.

Madison will have to learn to adapt, because Zoey and Kiki are not about to be told where to sit in Mia's Diner, or who they are allowed to talk to. Under Madison's perfectly-manicured exterior is a person who has some serious self-doubt: Madison may seem to have created the perfect little world for herself — but does she actually have any talent or any real friends? When Madison dumps Brandon and finds herself alone, she begins to question herself. Zoey and Kiki help challenge Madison's supremacy, giving Amber the courage she needs to stand up to her, and making Madison realise that there is more to life than being a big fish in a small pond.

Paige Houden

As a professional surfer on the Junior and World circuits, Paige Houden's skillsets couldn't be better matched with her character of Madison on Lightning Point. Her considerable surfing talent brought a great credibility to the character of Madison, who is the local surfing champion of Lightning Point. Previous roles include Masey from Blue Water High (she also served as one of the series' surfing doubles), and Cindy and Fleur on Home & Away. In 2011, Paige will continue her studies with the Screen Actors Short Course at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA).