Maitland Ward

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Maitland Ward
Maitland Ward 2014.jpg
Ward in Culver City, California on May 31, 2014
Born Ashley Maitland Welkos
(1977-02-03) February 3, 1977 (age 41)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Other names Maitland Baxter
Occupation Actress, model, Internet personality
Years active 1994–2007
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.

Acting career[edit]

Ward starred as Jessica Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful, where she appeared from 1994 to 1996.[1] She landed that role, which was her first ever acting role when she was 18 and still a junior in high school.[2] 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.[3]

Cosplay and social media[edit]

After retiring from acting Ward began engaging in cosplay and making appearances at various comics conventions.[4] Her first cosplay was a slave Princess Leia outfit and she was given the idea from photographers that she worked with on the red carpet.[5] She has also appeared as Jessica 6 from Logan's Run and Red Sonja.[6] In recent years she has also started making Comic Con appearances where she is nude with the exception of body paint.[4]

She has been posting naked or nearly naked pictures of herself on Snapchat and Instagram several times a week since mid-2013 and has gained a large following on both sites. In April 2016 she posted her first nude pictures to social media of her being body painted for Luciano Paesani for a Los Angeles exhibition called "Living Art."[6]

Personal life[edit]

Ward married real estate agent Terry Baxter on October 21, 2006.[7] The couple met on set and she credits shared friendship and humor for the success of their relationship.[8]

After getting married Baxter and Ward moved to New York, where they lived for two years. While they were there, Ward studied writing and screenwriting at New York University.[6]


Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1994–1996 The 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 A 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"

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "We're Having A LIVE Boy Meets World Cast Reunion on NOW!". 23 October 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "An Interview with 'Boy Meets World' Star, Maitland Ward — How to be a Redhead". How to be a Redhead. 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  3. ^ Wha'anda, Sam. "5 pics from White Chick star's porn-style 'High-Voltage' photoshoot". Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "15 Questions With (And Sexy Photos Of) Maitland Ward (Exclusive)". 16 January 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "Cosplay Models Can Make 6 Figures A Year In Their Craft". Retrieved 25 February 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c "Maitland Ward Is Snapchat's Resident Sex Symbol". MEL Magazine. 5 October 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "Maitland Ward, Terry Baxter". The New York Times. 22 October 2006. Retrieved 25 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "Maitland Ward of 'Boy Meets World' Believes That "Friendship, Trust and Laughter" Make for a Strong Relationship". Retrieved 2017-08-27. 

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