Maitland Ward

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Maitland Ward
Maitland Ward 2014.jpg
Ward on May 31, 2014
Born Ashley Maitland Welkos
February 3, 1977 (1977-02-03) (age 39)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Other names Maitland Baxter
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–2007
Spouse(s) Terry Baxter (m. 2006)

Maitland Ward (born Ashley Maitland Welkos; February 3, 1977) is an American actress. She is known for playing Rachel McGuire on the ABC original 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Ward married real estate agent Terry Baxter on October 21, 2006.[5]


Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
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
2000 Dish Dogs Molly Video
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 In development

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