Madylin Sweeten is a multi-talented actress who has been in the movie industry since her early years. She has been under the spotlight since her childhood, most notably for playing the character of Ally Barone on the comic series, Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996 to 2005.
Since the show brought her into the spotlight, Madylin has recorded a few achievements alongside, with a growing filmography being one of the most significant. Her early start in Hollywood could have gone either way, but it has made Madylin a successful young woman, and it all started with the family sitcom.
Everybody Loves Raymond Remains Madylin Sweeten’s Best Role So Far
A few years after Madylin was born on July 27, 1991, in Brownwood, Texas, she secured the role that would define her life for years to come. She was able to hold her own during the audition process, having begun her training as an actress at the age of three.
She trained at Kay Scott School of Performing Arts in San Saba, Texas, and developed her skills appearing in TV commercials. Madylin began appearing onscreen in a dramatic role in 1996, making her debut in the TV movie, A Promise to Carolyn.
The Texas-born actress began starring as Ally Barone in the same year, as one of the main casts of a show that would go down in history. As Ally, she played the daughter and oldest child of the title character, Raymond Barone (Ray Romano) and his wife, Debra Barone (Patricia Heaton).
Madylin went on to record credited appearances in 206/210 episodes of the show, although she only physically appeared in 146 of them. Regardless, as an integral part of the show, she grew in fame along with the rest of the cast as the show became a popular fixture of American television.
The show consistently ranked among the top 20 shows on television from its third season to its ninth. It’s lowest rating, came in its first and second seasons when it ranked #84 and #33 respectively. The legacy of the show has remained to date, ranking 49th among the funniest TV comedies of all time by Complex and 60th all-time series by TV Guide.
Rolling Stone also ranked it the 11th best sitcom starring a standup comedian and the Hollywood Reporter ranks it the 96th TV program of all time. But asides a legacy, it also gave Madylin Sweeten other achievements, including cementing the foundation of her career.
The CBS Show Gave Madylin Multiple Award Recognitions
Aside from gaining popularity, she also received critical applauds, as part of the show’s cast. Madylin Sweeten and the cast received seven nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series from the Screen Actors Guild from 1999 to 2006.
Individually, she received multiple nominations for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series as a Supporting Actress in a Comedy from Young Artist Awards and YoungStar Awards. Out of six nominations, the Everybody Loves Raymond actress won one, in 1998.
Starring on the show gave Madylin the platform to build her acting career. Although she has not been able to match the success of the show, it has been quite the journey for the actress to date.
She has More Than 28 Films and TV Shows in Her Filmography
Madylin was still starring on the sitcom when her performance began securing other roles for her. Between the show’s run from 1996 to 2005, she appeared in a couple of films, including her debut appearance on the big screen. She appeared as Dora in The Christmas Path in 1998 before playing a young Aloise in A Dog of Flanders the following year.
Before saying goodbye to the CBS sitcom, she appeared in a voice role in the Disney animated film, Toy Story 2. Also, she had a minor role as Danielle in the movie, American Splendor. Since Everybody Loves Raymond went off the air, it has been a mixed bag for the actress.
While she has added credits in various projects to her filmography, none has been a significant role. Her longest-running role came in 2013 when she began playing multiple characters in the sketch comedy, TMI Hollywood. She appeared in 43 episodes of the show between 2013 and 2017.
Other works include minor appearances in Sam and Me, Grey’s Anatomy, Spare Change, Bree Does Comedy and a few others. In all, Madylin Sweeten has made over 28 appearances across film and television.
She also has a significant presence on stage and is a frequent performer for the Loft Ensemble theatre company.
She Has Also Developed a Presence Behind the Scenes
Madylin might yet to find another breakthrough role as an adult actress, but she is not limiting herself to life in front of the camera. She has become a producer, with two short films, Mommy and Wedding Frisk, in her catalog. She is also a writer as she co-wrote the latter.
Beyond producing and writing, Madylin has also peeked her into directing. Her most recent work across acting, producing, or writing, is a directorial role for Whose Life Is It Anyway? in 2019. She worked as a second assistant director on the short film about the difficulty of life in the LA improv scene.
Acting Has Also Made Madylin Sweeten a Millionaire
She may not be having the most glamourous career as an adult actress. Still, the success of child acting days has guaranteed a financially comfortable life for Madylin. Thanks to the show and earnings from smaller projects over the years, the actress has amassed an estimated net worth of $5 million.
The exact salary from Everybody Loves Raymond that mostly contributed to this remains unknown. However, between it, royalties and other sources of income has allowed Sweetin to enjoy luxuries like helicopter rides and exotic vacations evident on her Instagram page.
She Got Married to a Fellow Actor, Sean Durrie
After her time on Everybody Loves Raymond ended, Madylin Sweeten admitted in an interview that her life was directionless. During this ‘dark’ period, she engaged in all the vices that most child actors fall prey to, drugs and reckless sex.
It went on for a while until she met Sean Durrie, a theatre actor who gave her a new purpose. We are not sure when exactly they met, but he introduced her to the Loft Ensemble, a theatre company that has become a cornerstone of her adult career.
Eventually, their friendship became romantic, and they began a relationship that led to a wedding in 2018. Madylin and Sean Durrie got married in a small ceremony surrounded by friends and family, and they have remained a happy couple to date.
As for Sean, while the bulk of his work is on stage, he has a filmography with similar nominal appearances compared to his wife. His most significant onscreen role to date is in Easy to Assemble, where he played John Dakota between 2009 and 2012. Other appearances include Space Hospital, Quantum Break, Up All Night, and over 20 other works.