A Bard of a being….
Ursula is an enchanting, highly engaging storyteller. She takes her audience on an absorbing journey of laughter, wonder and surprise. A consummate professional; one who responds to any situation with humour and character. A treat and highly recommended.
Joanna Blake, Development Producer, BBC Writers Room, August 2015
Ursula Holden Gill is a one woman tour de force; storyteller, comedienne, singer songwriter, musician and dancer. An award winning Actress and familiar face on screen, in recent years she has also stepped into the limelight as a unique and rising talent on the British Storytelling scene, effortlessly weaving her magic through stunning characterisation, streetwise savvy, authenticity and pathos to bring something new and vital to this most ancient of art forms. From her thought provoking adaptations of traditional folk and fairy tales to her signature self-penned originals which are fast becoming internationally renowned, Ursula can make you laugh and cry, think, reflect and roar again; all in the space of half an hour…..This shape-shifting scallywag is truly one to watch.
To date Ursula has captivated audiences on BBC Television, ITV, Channel 4 and on BBC Radio and proved a hit at numerous prestigious festivals in the UK and abroad. Also at The Lowry Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and at Opera North where she has served as an associate artist since 2009. In 2012 Ursula was voted Best Newcomer at The British Awards for Storytelling Excellence.
Ursula became a full time Storyteller, Performer, Writer and Educator in 2009 having been made a resident member of the Hebden Bridge based Shaggy Dog Storytellers in 2007, and more recently, Secretary. Prior to this she worked both nationally and internationally as an Actress in Film, Television, Theatre and Radio and as a workshop facilitator specialising in Shakespeare, Vocal Technique and Storytelling.
In 2006 Ursula was voted the Most Popular Soap Actress in the UK by TV Choice Magazine and was further shortlisted for a National Television Award for her portrayal of Alice Dingle on ITV’s ‘Emmerdale’.
Ursula Holden Gill should be basking in glory after delivering one of the most powerful and haunting performances in TV soap history. Her portrayal of cancer stricken Alice Dingle has been showered with plaudits and could scoop her the most popular Actress gong in this weeks’ glitzy National Television Awards. Jon Wise for ‘The People’ Newspaper, October 2006 .
Joining forces with one of the most long standing and highly regarded storytelling clubs in the UK presented Ursula with a platform to transform her expertise in characterisation and movement, her passion for song and folk music and her extensive empathy and experience in working with vulnerable people into something unique and genuinely heart – warming; or as the directors of Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival put it: “At once poignant, yet as daft as a brush”. Needless to say, Ursula has never looked back. She eats, breathes and sleeps her stories and excels in connecting others to their very essence.
Ursula holds a BA Hons degree in Performance from St Martin’s College, full QTS and an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice (specialising in Intercultural Storytelling) from the University of Lancaster. She also holds a PG Dip in Acting from the Drama Studio London, a Licentiate in Speech and Drama Education from the LAMDA and an Advanced Certificate in Singing from the RSM. She is fully DBS checked.