Mostly Credited As: Maitland Ward
Birth Name: Ashley Maitland Welkos
Date Of Birth: February 03, 1977 (Age 38)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Long Beach, California
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)
Maitland Ward made her primetime television debut when she joined the cast of "Boy Meets World" in season 6 of the show.
She also 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.
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Maitland was born with the name Ashley but when she started her acting career, she was told to change her name because "Ashley" was too commonplace
She was also nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award in 1995 for Outstanding Female Newcomer for "The Bold and the Beautiful."
In 1996, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress: TV Drama Series for The Young and the Restless.
In 1995, Maitland won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Youth Actress in a Daytime Series for "The Bold and the Beautiful."
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