After her relationship with Baz ended acrimoniously, she planned
on as much fun as she could away from her studies. Sixth form
gave her a new status to play up to, but she was hardly an ambassador
for Grange Hill.
School Days: 2001-2006
You just never knew what to expect from Maddie. After
gaining a reputation as class bully in her early years
at Grange Hill, she overcame several insecurities but
still had a short fuse. Maddie wasn't overly academic
and would fly off the handle without finding out all the
facts. She also used others - noteably Martin - for her
own ends. Maddie wanted to think of herself as worldly
wise and independent but she had a softer side which emerged
every so often. Maddie was a confident and popular girl,
who knew exactly how much work was needed to keep teachers
When she left Grange Hill, at 16, Maddie was the same
age as her mum when she had her. Dad ran off and left
Suzie to bring up Maddie alone. Suzie was more like
a sister than a mum; she was hardly there for Maddie
but despite having a succession of jobs found it difficult
to hold one down. As she craved motherly attention,
Maddie turned to the bottle at 13. But Maddie had no
intention of landing herself in the same situation.
REASON FOR LEAVING EARLY:
After one fall-out too many with her peers, and harsh words
from Taylor, Maddie realised there was no longer any room
for her at Grange Hill.
||Year 7 Maddie is best
friends with Shona. They spread rumours about Kelly being
lesbian and eavesdrop on Miss Carver's meeting with the
Year 8 Maddie becomes increasingly frustrated
that her mum is never home and turns to the bottle for
comfort. She is humiliated by Tina but Martin urges
her to stand up for herself.
Year 9 Maddie dates Baz, but the relationship is
on-off because of Baz's secretive behaviour. Annie eventually
reveals the truth about her father's illness and Maddie
tries tackling the issue with Mr Wainwright. Dad loses
it and knocks Baz to a pulp; as Baz lies fighting for
his life, Annie blames Maddie.
Year 10 Maddie starts the year back with Baz,
but finds herself playing second fiddle to his home
life and dumps him. Baz successfully persuades her to
take him back but when he stands her up they're finished
Year 11 Baz pleads with Maddie to take him back
but she wants to move on. He is angry when she plays Taylor
off against him and she ends up falling out with Karen.
Maddie and Martin start to get along and she takes him
to the DVD premiere; he thinks she might want more than
friendship and is relieved when she sets him straight.
Year 12 Having reverted to her nasty ways, Maddie
delights in Baz's romantic troubles with Holly and plays
mind games with Martin, who publicly ends their friendship.
After Taylor confronts her with some uncomfortable home
truths, Maddie walks out on Grange Hill.
West, Kathy McIlroy,
Josh Irvine, Karen
Young, Baz Wainwright,
CURRENT WHEREABOUTS: Working
full-time in a record shop.