Maitland Ward was born on February 3rd, 1977 in Long Beach, CA. Her birth name was Ashley Ward but when she started acting she was told to change her name because Ashley was too "commonplace." Maitland is most commonly known as Rachel McGuire from the hit primetime series, Boy Meets World.
She most recently starred as Jessica Forrester on "The Bold and the Beautiful," where she appeared for three years. 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, Maitland didn't actually pursue a professional career until that time.
After graduating from high school, Maitland attended Cal State University at Long Beach while continuing to focus on her acting.
Maitland has had guest-starring roles on "USA High" and ABC's "Home Improvement"; and co-starred with Jay Thomas and Mario Lopez in the dramatic movie, "Killing Mr. Griffin." She recently completed the independent film, "Dish Dogs," a romantic comedy in which she co-stars with Brian Dennehy, Matthew Lilliard and Sean Astin.
In her spare time, Maitland is involved with various charities and enjoys working out with her personal trainer and doing yoga. Her hobbies include traveling, collecting antiques and healthy gourmet cooking.