Who She Is….

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 dancingUrsula Holden Gill is a one woman tour de force; storyteller, comedienne, singer songwriter, curator and teacher. An award winning Actress and familiar face on screen, in recent years she has established herself as a unique and pertinent talent on the British Storytelling scene, working across performance, education and community sectors alike and generating firm links with institutions such as Opera North, Settle Stories, Action for Children, Social Services & The National Trust. From her beautifully characterised adaptations of traditional folk and fairy tales to her signature streetwise, savvy, self – penned originals Ursula can make you laugh and cry, think, reflect and roar again; all in the space of half an hour…..a shape – shifting scallywag who is truly one to watch!

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In 2012 Ursula was voted Best Newcomer at The British Awards for Storytelling Excellence.


Ursula became a full time Storyteller, Writer and Educator in 2009 having been made a resident member of the Hebden Bridge based Shaggy Dog Storytellers in 2007. Prior to this she worked as an Actress in Film, Television, Theatre and Radio and as a Guest Lecturer and 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 portraya 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 skills in characterisation and movement, her passion for song and folk music and her extensive experience in working with young and 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….

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Ursula is a unique force in storytelling. She brings her stories and the characters within them to life in an honest, enthralling and thoroughly entertaining way. Her warmth, wit and compassion shine through every performance. She is an absolute gem. (BBC Folk Awards Best Duo Finalists 2015, O’Hooley & Tidow)