Ursula Yovich

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Ursula Yovich
Born (1977-11-15) 15 November 1977 (age 41)
OccupationActress, singer

Ursula Yovich is an Australian actress and singer.

Born on November 15, 1977 in Darwin to an Aboriginal mother and Serbian immigrant father.


She has appeared in more than 20 theatre and musical theatre productions, including Capricornia, Mother Courage and her Children, The Sapphires, Natural Life, Nailed, The Sunshine Club, Jerry Springer the Opera, Nathaniel Storm, and The Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom[1][2][3][4] and in the films Jindabyne, Australia and Goldstone.[5][6] She was the subject of an episode of the SBS documentary series Blaktrax.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Grew up in Darwin, Northern Territory Australia. Her father, Slobodan Jovic, was a Serbian immigrant who anglicised his name to Stan Yovich. Her mother from North West Arnhemland near the Blythe River. The closest community being Maningrida.[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2016 Ursula was awarded the prestigious Sydney Myer individual award. A recognition of her outstanding body of work in theatre. She was also announced the winner of the Balnaves Foundations Indigenous playwrights award later in the same year.

Yovich received a Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play in 2007 for her performance in Capricornia.[9] She was also nominated for this award in 2011 for Waltzing the Wilarra and in 2014 for Mother Courage and Her Children.

She has been nominated twice for the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Musical, for The Threepenny Opera in 2004 and The Wizard of Oz in 2010, and once for the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Jerry Springer: The Opera in 2009.

She also received a nomination for the Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer in 2010, for Magpie Blues.



  • Sketches EP (2004)
  • Magpie Blues Live


  1. ^ "Baby, you've hit the big time now". Northern Territory News 30 December 2007
  2. ^ "Who's That Girl?". Deadly Vibe Issue 113 July 2006
  3. ^ "Ursula Yovich". Song Summit Sydney
  4. ^ "The Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom". The Sydney Morning Herald
  5. ^ "Other Voices". Deadly Vibe 1 May 2005
  6. ^ "Ursula unwinds and says 'yes' to Stewart". Northern Territory News 28 October 2008
  7. ^ "On the box". Green Left Online
  8. ^ Best of both worlds: mixed marriages blooming. Joel Gibson. The Sydney Morning Herald 6 April 2009
  9. ^ "Meet the Territory's new star". Northern Territory News 8 August 2007

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