Madeline "Maddie" Bishop is a main character in Freeform's series, Siren. She is portrayed by Fola Evans-Akingbola.

Maddie is a marine biologist who works at Bristol Cove Marine Research Center, alongside her boyfriend Ben Pownall.

Official Description Edit

A marine biologist who works with Ben, and is highly suspicious of Ryn.

Early Life Edit

A couple of years ago, Maddie saw a video of a baby dolphin that had washed ashore. Instead of helping the dolphin, the people on the beach passed it around taking their picture with it, not seeming to care that the dolphin was dying. Even after the dolphin died, they were so immersed in taking selfies that it didn't occur to them that they could've saved that dolphin's life. The video really made Maddie contemplate, and she wanted to do something about it, so she went to the Bristol Cove Marine Research Center to volunteer, and soon enough it became her job.

Her father is the Sheriff of the town. It is revealed that Maddie’s mother, Susan, had left the family and has not been heard from in almost a year. Maddie shows disdain at the mention of her mother’s name.

Physical Appearance Edit

Maddie is a tall, fit young woman donning black curly hair, which is often worn up with braids, and compliments her brown skin and dark eyes. Maddie once referred to those braids as “decorations” when Ryn was curious about them. She also has feather tattoo showing on her chest-region.

Personality Edit

Maddie tends to see the good in everyone, which several characters have already said. Maddie is also smart, a good strategist, a caring individual, and even somewhat spiritual.

However, she can “lose her cool” and acts out in controlled anger whenever situations go south in her town, especially when it concerns her boyfriend.

Throughout the Series Edit

Season 1 Edit


Maddie’s RelationshipsEdit

Susan BishopEdit

Her relationship with her estranged mother is clouded, as she had left when Maddie was a little girl. Her absence seems to effect Maddie deeply as she closes up whenever her name is mentioned. As she has not seen or heard from her in eight months, she decided it was time for her to be removed from the dinner blessings of God. However, Susan makes first contact by calling Maddie on her house phone, much to her and Dale’s surprise and shock.

Dale BishopEdit

Dale is Maddie’s stepfather and sheriff of her town. They share a close familial bond, especially since Maddie’s mother mysteriously vanished months prior to the season one premiere. However, their relationship is slightly strained when Maddie reveals she has been keeping Ryn’s species a secret. This is resolved though when the two ally to stop Ryn’s mermaid colony from tearing apart their town.

Ben PownallEdit

Ben is Maddie’s boyfriend and co-worker. They both grew up together and went to the same high school together. Ben and Maddie developed a close, romantic relationship along the way and even run a marine rescue center together. Their relationship is tested when Ryn comes into their lives and when Ben’s mother attempts to get to know her more. However, while the two remain together despite the events of the first season, they decide to take a break from each other because Maddie does not believe they can tell each other everything anymore, and she feels as if Ben is pushing her away. After upset about her mother getting high, she goes to Ben and Ryn where they share kisses before cuddling together and falling asleep. In the morning all reply that they would enjoy doing more together and are officially starting their relationship.


Maddie meets Ryn through Ben when he tells her about Ryn’s transformation into a mermaid. Maddie, along with Ben, help Ryn as she adapts to human culture while trying to find her sister. Ryn and Maddie become close friends along the way, even when both share more-than-platonic relationships with Ben - and each other. They grow close throughout the season, especially when Maddie aids in helping Ryn and her sister and takes their side. After Donna is shot, Maddie gladly helps Ryn find Donna a place to try and recover. However, when Donna dies from her wounds, she offers comfort to Ryn. In the latest episode "Primal Instincts" Ryn, Maddie and Ben wake up after falling asleep cuddling after having shared kisses and falling asleep. Ryn asks Maddie and Ben why they stopped, which Maddie replies they weren't sure if Ryn wanted to do anything more. Ryn replies that "She wants to make love to Ben and Maddie" Ben and Maddie share a look before replying they would like that too.

Xander McClureEdit

Xander is Maddie’s good friend and ex-boyfriend. They dated some time during high school, before Maddie’s romantic involvement with Ben, and remained friends ever since then. Their friendship is not explored as much as Ben and Xander’s, until after Xander’s father’s funeral. Maddie attempts to help a drunk Xander back to his boat after the funeral and Xander smiles and slurs in his speech about the good times they had back when they were still dating. Maddie mentioned that their romantic past was history and she remained on Xander’s boat overnight to watch over him. They argue the next morning however when Xander reveals to her that he wants to shoot the sirens responsible for his father’s death. Maddie fails to be a voice of reason for Xander as he goes out into town with a shotgun and hunts the mermaid colony down. Maddie is present when Xander attempts to shoot Levi, but shoots Donna instead.

Elaine PownallEdit

Elaine is Maddie’s boyfriend’s mother. The two share a somewhat-friendly acquaintanceship after meeting several times over the first season. Maddie is somewhat hesitant of Elaine due to Elaine’s curiosity in her. However, Maddie attempts to keep their relationship positive.

Helen HawkinsEdit

Maddie grew up knowing Helen as her town’s strange antique store owner who is obsessed with marine life and mermaids. However, Maddie does not know of Helen’s mermaid origins. Instead of telling Maddie, Helen aids Maddie in sheltering Ryn and later, Donna, when the U.S. military is after the mermaid colony and when the town starts over-fishing. Their alliance helps Maddie and Helen become friends.

Quotes Edit

This thing, it attacked you, it got Chris. It's dangerous. If we're gonna go after it, try to track it down, we need to be careful.
— Maddie to Ben[src]
It's been eight months since we heard from her. Maybe it's time to remove her from the blessings.
— Maddie about her long-lost mother Susan.

There were two of them out there. Her sister's the one who got caught.
— Maddie to Ben and Helen[src]

Appearances Edit

Season 1
Episode Appearance Status
Pilot Appears
The Lure Appears
Interview With a Mermaid Appears
On the Road Appears
Curse of the Starving Glass Appears
Showdown Appears
Dead in the Water Appears
Being Human Appears
Street Fight Appears
Aftermath Appears

Season 2 Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Maddie is the first woman to hear the Siren Song, though she was hearing headphones which prevented her from actually hearing its seductive affects.

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