Ursula Holden-Gill
Ursula Holden Gill
General Information
Gender: Female
Birthday: March 21, 1974 or January 2, 1974
Age: 45
Nationality: English
Social Networks: Twitter
Other Information
Occupation(s): Actress
Education: St Martin's College, Lancaster
University of Lancaster
Drama Studio London
Unity College (teacher training)
Series Information
Character: Mrs. Fitzgerald
First appearance: Family Ties
Last appearance: With Friends Like These

Ursula Holden-Gill is an English actress, storyteller, and musician, notable for her role as cancer sufferer Alice Dingle on ITV's Emmerdale. She potrays Mrs. Fitzgerald on Wolfblood.

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Holden-Gill graduated from St Martin's College, Lancaster in 1996 with a BA Honours in Drama and Music before attaining an MA in Intercultural Storytelling at University of Lancaster and a PG Dip in Acting from the Drama Studio London. To date her screen credits include The Bill, Sex Chips, and Rock and Roll, Mrs. Merton and Malcolm, Trial and Retribution, Doctor Willoughby, The Wyvern Mystery, People Like Us, Teachers (UK TV series), Emmerdale, The Syndicate, and most recently Wolfblood. Intermittent with her work as an actress, in recent years Holden-Gill has guest lectured on various aspects of acting and performance technique at The Royal Shakespeare Company, Salford University, Edge Hill College, UCLAN, Blackpool and the Fylde College, The Thomas Whitham Sixth Form College and Calderdale College and has also served as an independent LAMDA tutor of singing, speech and drama. In 2007, Holden-Gill underwent teacher training at Unity College, Burnley where she attained full status as a qualified teacher and went on to establish herself as a professional storyteller and musician, initially within the education sector and for social services but later on the traditional arts and festival circuit in the UK and abroad. In 2012 Holden-Gill was voted Best Newcomer at the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence and in May 2013 released her first collection of songs ‘The Handless Maiden’s Daughter’. Holden-Gill is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, Rossendale Clog Heritage, and the Hill Millie Morris Side. She is married to Keith Donnelly and lives in West Yorkshire.


Year Show/Movie Role
1998 The Bill (TV Series) Emma Whalley
1999 Trial & Retribution (TV Series) Waitress
1999 Dr Willoughby (TV Series) Gill
2000 The Wyvern Mystery (TV Movie) Lily
2000 Kiss Me Kate (TV Series) Waitress
2001 People Like Us (TV Series)
2001 Smoke (TV Movie)
2001 Bob & Rose (TV Series) Waitress
2002 The Queen's Nose (TV Series) Jack's Mum
2003 Burn It (TV Series) Helen
2004 Holby City (TV Series) Fran Lees
2004 Actors (Video) Mandy
2001-2004 Teachers (TV Series) Carol Schicklgruber
2004-2006 Emmerdale Farm (TV Series) Alice Wilson / Alice Dingle
2012 Wake Up Beautiful (Short) Karyn
2012 There Are Fairies in the Gutter (Short)
2013 The Syndicate (TV Series) Janice
2012-2014 Wolfblood (TV Series) Mrs. Fitzgerald
2015 Vera (TV Series) Jayne-Anne


  • Graduated from St Martin's College in 1996 with BA in Drama and Music. Gained an MA in 1999 in Theatrical Studies from Lancaster University.
  • Her Emmerdale (1972) character Alice Wilson became the 17th woman on the soap opera to give birth. Alice had a son Samson (played originally by Bradley Milnes and later Sam Hall), born on 12 January 2006.

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