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|Born||Ashley Maitland Welkos
February 3, 1977
Long Beach, California, U.S.
|Other names||Maitland Baxter|
|Spouse(s)||Terry Baxter (2006–present)|
Maitland Ward (born Ashley Maitland Welkos on February 3, 1977 in Long Beach, California) is an American actress. She is most commonly known as Rachel McGuire from the hit prime time series, Boy Meets World.
Ward starred as Jessica Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful, where she appeared from 1994 to 1996. She landed that role, which was only her second major audition, when she was 17 and still a junior in high school. Although acting has always been her lifelong passion, she did not actually pursue a professional career until that time. In an interview with Olivia Wilder in August 2010, Ward expressed a desire to revisit the character of Jessica if asked to return.
After graduating from high school, Ward attended Cal State University at Long Beach, where she was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority, and continued to focus on her acting. Ward had guest-starring roles on USA High and the final 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|
|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"|
Awards and nominations
- 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Female Newcomer" - The Bold and the Beautiful
- 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