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. 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.

Personal life

Ward married real estate agent Terry Baxter on October 21, 2006.[1]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1994-1996 Template:Sortname 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 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

Soap Opera Digest Awards

  • 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Female Newcomer" - The Bold and the Beautiful

Young Artist Award

  • 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


  1. The New York Times

External links

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