Ursula Holden Gill


Ursula Holden Gill is a one woman tour de force. An Award Winning Actress and familiar face on screen in recent years she has established herself as one of the most unique and pertinent talents on the British Storytelling Scene, working across the theatre, education and community sectors alike and generating firm links with institutions such as Settle Stories, Action for Children, Social Services and Opera North (with whom she has served as an associate artist since 2009). From her stunningly 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! In 2012 Ursula was voted Best Newcomer at The British Awards for Storytelling Excellence.




Publications & Performance History

Associate Storyteller for Action for Children (2014 - Present),Associate Storyteller for Settle Stories (2013 - Present),Resident Storyteller for Opera North (2009 - Present), British Award For Storytelling Excellence (2012), Radio 4 (Various Plays), CBBC 'Wolfblood' (2011 - 2013), ITV Emmerdale (2004 - 2006), Channel 4 'Teachers' (2000 - 2004)...

Workshop & Reading Experience


"A unique force in storytelling." (BBC 2 Folk Awards Best Duo 2015 Finalists O'Hooley & Tidow) "A warm-hearted tornado.? (Mike O'Connor, Storyteller and Folk Musician) "One of the best female voices I've heard in years. Full of power and passion." (Alan Surtees, Shrewsbury Folk Festival Director) "She is a magic lady." (Ben Harris for Whitby Folk Week 2016)

Group size preference

5 to 500

Group age preference

2 to 102

Working languages


Area prepared to travel

International, National, Regional, Local

Other information

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