Maitland Ward (born Ashley Maitland Welkos; February 3, 1977) is an American actress. She is known for playing Rachel McGuire on the ABC series, Boy Meets World, and Jessica Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful.
Ward starred as Jessica Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful, where she appeared from 1994 to 1996. She landed that role, which was her first ever acting role when she was 17 and still a junior in high school. Ward had guest-starring roles on USA High and the seventh season of ABC's Home Improvement; and co-starred with Jay Thomas and Mario Lopez in the dramatic movie, Killing Mr. Griffin.
Her character of Rachel McGuire was added to Boy Meets World in 1998, at the beginning of the sixth season, as a main cast member. This role lasted until the series ended in 2000. After Ward's stint on Boy Meets World, she appeared in the independent film, Dish Dogs, a romantic comedy in which she co-stars with Brian Dennehy, Matthew Lillard and Sean Astin. Later, she appeared in the 2004 comedy film White Chicks with Shawn and Marlon Wayans.
Ward married real estate agent Terry Baxter on October 21, 2006.
|1994–1996||Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the Beautiful||Jessica Forrester||Recurring role (12 episodes)|
|1997||Killing Mr. Griffin||Candice Lee||TV film|
|1998||USA High||Tina||Episode: "Buddies"|
|1998||Home Improvement||Christy||Episode: "The Old College Try"|
|1998–2000||Boy Meets World||Rachel McGuire||Main role (45 episodes)|
|1999||Bold Affair, AA Bold Affair||Eleanor|
|2002||Boston Public||Rachel Newman||Episode: "Chapter 43"|
|2004||White Chicks||Brittany Wilson|
|2005||Out of Practice||Staci||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2007||Rules of Engagement||Dani||Episode: "Young and the Restless"|
|2016||A Perfect Chaos||Maxine Landry||Pre-production|
Awards and nominations
- Soap Opera Digest Awards
- 1995: Nominated, Outstanding Female Newcomer – The Bold and the Beautiful
- Young Artist Awards
- 1995: Won, Best Performance by a Youth Actress in a Daytime Series – The Bold and the Beautiful
- 1996: Nominated, Best Performance by a Youth Actress in a Daytime Series – The Bold and the Beautiful