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Coleen Nolan

Coleen Nolan
Born Coleen Patricia Nolan
(1965-03-12) 12 March 1965
Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Occupation Singer, author and television presenter
Years active 1974–present
Known for Member of The Nolans
Loose Women panellist
Television Loose Women (2000-11, 2013—)
This Morning (2001-2002, 2010-12)
The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2013)
Spouse(s) Shane Richie (m. 1990–99; divorced)
Ray Fensome (m. 2007)
Children Shane Roche Jr (b. 1988)
Jake Roche (b. 1992)
Ciara Fensome (b. 2001)
Parents Tommy Nolan (1925-1998) (deceased)
Maureen Nolan (1926-2007; deceased)
Relatives Bernie Nolan (1960-2013; deceased)
Maureen Nolan (b. 1954)
Linda Nolan (b. 1959)
Tommy Nolan (b. 1949)
Anne Nolan (b. 1950)
Denise Nolan (b. 1952)
Brian Nolan (b. 1955)
Official Website

Coleen Patricia Nolan (born 12 March 1965) is an English singer, television presenter and author, best known as the youngest member of the girl group, the Nolans, in which she sang with her sisters and for being a panellist on the chat show Loose Women from 2000 to 2011 and then returning two years later in October 2013.

As a member of the Nolans, she first performed on television in 1974. She was a full-time member of the group from 1980 to 1994. The group was particularly successful in Japan, where they won the Tokyo Music Festival in 1981 and a Tokubstsu Kakiku Sho award (Japanese Grammy) in 1992, for best foreign recording artists.

The Nolans

The Nolans made their television debut in 1974 on the show It's Cliff Richard. With the line-up featuring all six sisters and billed as The Nolan Sisters, they performed Stuck on You. That same year, they released their debut single But I Do, with Coleen singing lead vocals. Due to her age, Coleen would not become a full-time member of the group until 1980, when she was fifteen, although she does appear in the music video to their 1979 hit I'm In the Mood for Dancing, which reached number three in the UK singles chart. They also had UK top twenty hits with, Don't Make Waves (1980), Gotta Pull Myself Together (1980), Who's Gonna Rock You (1981), Attention to Me (1981), Chemistry (1981) and Don't Love Me Too Hard (1982). In 1981, they won the Tokyo Music Festival with the song Sexy Music.

Four of The Nolans (Bernie, Coleen, Linda and Maureen) reformed in 2009 for a UK tour to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of I'm in the Mood for Dancing.[1]


On 5 February 1974, Nolan made her first television appearance with her sisters when she was almost nine years old, as the Nolans appeared on the It's Cliff Richard! television series.[2] On 14 January 1987, she appeared alongside her sisters Anne, Bernie and Maureen in the BBC sitcom Filthy Rich & Catflap.[3]

In April 2009, Nolan presented the programme, The Truth About... Eternal Youth about plastic surgery on ITV.

In 2010, Nolan presented The Secret Guide To Women's Health on Sky Real Lives.[4]

In 2000, Nolan played the part of Janelle Cooper in the short comedy film, Rattler.[5]

In 2013, Nolan was a resident agony aunt on the ITV chat show The Alan Titchmarsh Show, appearing every Friday afternoon.

Loose Women

In 2000, Nolan became a regular panellist on ITV's Loose Women. She remained with the series on and off for eleven years (taking a break to have and care for daughter Ciara).

On 16 March 2011, Nolan announced she would be leaving Loose Women after 11 years on the show,[6] she made her last appearance as a panellist on 28 July 2011.[7] On 7 October 2013, Nolan returned as a regular panellist.[8]

This Morning

Between 2001 and 2002, Nolan co-presented This Morning on ITV,with John Leslie, on a rota basis with Fern Britton on Monday and Friday mornings.[9] Nolan was initially signed up to co-present with former model Twiggy, who was sacked after working on the show for only a month.

On 6 September 2010, Nolan made her return to This Morning, presenting segments in the interactive Hub, but left on 13 June 2012.[10]

Guest appearances

On 4 March 2002, Nolan was a panellist on BBC panel game show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.[11] On 25 May she appeared on An Audience with Brian Conley.[12] Later in 2002, she took part in the first series of the reality television programme Celebrity Fit Club, which followed overweight celebrities as they tried to lose weight for charity.[13]

On 7 January 2003, Nolan appeared in the documentary We Are Family that chronicled the success stories of various musical acts that were made up of family members.[14] In 2002 and 2003, she was a panellist on the chat show The Wright Stuff on Five and guest hosted the show herself in 2013.[13]

On 3 June 2005 Nolan took part in the first series of the ITV daytime programme, Have I Been Here Before? presented by Phillip Schofield, which offered celebrity guests the chance to see if they have lived before, through past life regression. Nolan was said to have been a "nervous 16-year old debutante".[15]

In September 2006, Nolan returned to Celebrity Fit Club as part of the judging panel in the fourth series. On 6 October, she was a guest on The Sharon Osbourne Show and, ten days later, was a guest on the Irish chat show, broadcast and produced by RTÉ, The Podge and Rodge Show.[13]

On 19 September, Nolan appeared on Al Murray's Happy Hour[13] and on 27 September, she appeared with her family on the third series of All Star Family Fortunes competing against Barry McGuigan and his family. She has also made guest appearances on Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong (31 October) and The Paul O'Grady Show (18 December), both on Channel 4.[13]

On 13 September 2012 she was a guest panellist on an episode of Celebrity Juice on ITV2.

On 15 February 2013, Nolan stood in for Matthew Wright as host of The Wright Stuff on Channel 5.

Dancing on Ice

Beginning on 11 January 2009, Nolan took part in the fourth series of Dancing on Ice on ITV. Of her appearance on the show Nolan said, "I've never really skated. When I was 14, I used to go to Disco Beat in Blackpool with my friend. We'd skate round once, hanging on to each other, and spend the rest of the night posing, like 14-year-old girls do. I could only go forwards, I couldn't stop!"[16] She was eliminated in week ten, finishing in fourth place.

Nolan co-hosted the spin-off show Dancing on Ice Friday with Ben Shephard on ITV.[17]

On 27 February 2011, Nolan hosted Dancing on Ice, in place Holly Willoughby who fell ill.[18]

Celebrity Big Brother

On 15 August 2012, Nolan was announced as the eleventh celebrity to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house on Channel 5.[19] On 7 September 2012, she was declared the runner-up of the series.[20]

Other work

Nolan has a weekly column in Best magazine[21] and a parenting column in the Daily Mirror.[22]

In 2007, Nolan featured in television advertisements for the supermarket chain Iceland, along with her sister Bernie and former Loose Women colleague Kerry Katona. She appeared in further commercials for Iceland during the next couple of years.

Nolan was the new face of Park Christmas Savings and appeared in their television advertisements in December 2010.

In early 2008, she released a DVD, A Brand New You, produced with Rosemary Conley.[16]

Personal life

Nolan was born and brought up in Blackpool. She married Shane Richie in 1990, and they had two sons, Shane Roche Jr (born 2 December 1988) and Jake Roche (born 16 September 1992) together before splitting up in 1997[23] and divorcing in 1999. She gave birth to a daughter, Ciara, on Tuesday 19 June 2001 and became engaged to her longtime boyfriend Ray Fensome (a musician who is from Leeds)[16] when he proposed on her 40th birthday in 2005. They married in November 2007.

Nolan has undertaken charity work for the Alzheimer's Society, including cycling the River Nile in Egypt. Her late mother, Maureen, was a sufferer. In 2006 Nolan opened the first Alzheimer's Society information centre on the Fylde coast.[24]

Nolan's mother died on 30 December 2007.[25]

In March 2008, Nolan supported a Learn Direct national campaign to improve English and maths skills,[26] and in April she helped launch Sentry Parental Controls, a real-time content-control software that that logs, notifies and blocks inappropriate internet content that may be unsuitable for children.[27][28]

In January 2008, Nolan claimed that various slimming techniques had enabled her to drop five dress sizes and 5 stone (70 lb) in weight to 8 st 13 lb and size 10.[16] While participating on Dancing on Ice, Nolan had a cancer scare after finding a lump in her breast, but was later given the all-clear.[29]


Nolan has gained media attention at times for controversial statements and opinions. In 2005, on Loose Women she claimed that if her 16-year-old son passed his exams then she would pay for him to go on a sex trip to Amsterdam and that she had given her fiancé Ray Fensome permission to have a one-night stand during the proposed trip. She was criticised by Shane Richie, who said he was "disgusted and appalled" by her comments about their son, and that he hoped and assumed "it was said in total jest. I can assure everyone that having passed his GCSEs fingers crossed Shane Jr will not be going to Amsterdam". English doctor and author Miriam Stoppard said of Nolan's comments, "the world's gone insane" and claimed that Nolan seemed to be shirking her responsibilities to deliver sex education. However, Nolan defended her comments saying that she had told her son that she would pay for a long weekend for him anywhere in the world and that he had mentioned how he and his mates had "always wanted to go to Amsterdam to see the red light district. If he planned to go on a trip to Ibiza everybody would have thought that was fine, even though he would probably have unprotected sex with lots of girls."[23][30] In the News of the World newspaper she said, "In an ideal world I'd never condone my son sleeping with hookers, but it's a fact of life that boys of his age have casual sex. So if I'm pushed, I'd rather he does it somewhere well-policed and where the girls have health checks than behind the wall of a club in Ibiza with absolutely no safeguards." And added about her comments about Fensome, "In all honesty, I couldn't care less [if he does]. What bothers me more is the thought of Ray going into a bar, chatting up a really stunning girl, having sex with her, spending the night and waking up with her the next morning. I couldn't cope with that."[31]

In January 2007, Nolan courted further controversy when, during a debate on Loose Women about gay adoption, she stated her opinion that gay people should not be allowed to adopt children,[32] and said that "there's only so much I want to accept".[33][34]


  • Upfront and Personal: The Autobiography (2009)
  • Mum to Mum: Happy Memories and Honest Advice, From a Real Mum (2010)
  • Envy (2010)


Television Shows
Year Title Role Notes
1974 It's Cliff Richard! Herself Single episode
1987 Filthy Rich & Catflap Herself Single episode
2000–2011, 2013— Loose Women Panellist Series regular
2001 This Morning Presenter Series regular
2002 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Herself Single episode
An Audience with Brian Conley Herself Single episode
Celebrity Fit Club Participant Series regular
2002, 2003 The Wright Stuff Panelist Guest appearances
2003 We Are Family Herself Single episode
2005 Have I Been Here Before? Participant Single episode
2006 Celebrity Fit Club Judge Series regular
The Sharon Osbourne Show Herself Single episode
The Podge and Rodge Show Herself Single episode
2008 Al Murray's Happy Hour Herself Single episode
All Star Family Fortunes Participant Single episode
Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong Herself Single episode
The Paul O'Grady Show Herself Single episode
2009 Dancing on Ice Participant Series regular
The Truth About... Eternal Youth Presenter Single episode
2010 The Secret Guide To Women's Health Presenter Series regular
Dancing on Ice: Friday Presenter Spin-off series from Dancing on Ice
2010–2012 This Morning Presenter The Hub segments
2011 Dancing on Ice Presenter Single episode
Sing If You Can Guest Judge Single episode
2012 Celebrity Big Brother Participant Series regular, runner up
2013 The Alan Titchmarsh Show Agony Aunt Series regular
Year Title Role Notes
2008 A Brand New You Herself DVD
Coleen Nolan's Disco Burn Herself Fitness DVD
Television Advertisement
Year Title Role Notes
2007–2009 Iceland Herself
2010 Park Christmas Savings Herself


  • Denial, 2011


  1. ^ "Ultimate girl band the Nolans return with a brand new look". Daily Mirror. UK. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  2. ^ It's Cliff Richard" Episode dated 5 February 1974 (1974)""".  
  3. ^ Filthy Rich & Catflap" Episode #1.2 (1987)""".  
  4. ^ "Secret Guide to Women's Health".  
  5. ^ "Rattler (2000)".  
  6. ^ after 10 yearsLoose WomenColeen Nolan quits The Mirror, 16 March 2011
  7. ^ : 'This show has been my life'Loose WomenColeen Nolan's final Alex Fletcher, Digital Spy, 28 July 2011
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Conlan, Tara (17 August 2001). "Good morning, says Twiggy". Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  10. ^ role after two yearsThis MorningLast morning: Coleen Nolan bows out of Simon Boyle, The Mirror, 14 June 2012
  11. ^ Never Mind the Buzzcocks" Episode #10.9 (2002)""".  
  12. ^ "An Audience with Brian Conley (2002) (TV)".  
  13. ^ a b c d e "Coleen Nolan".  
  14. ^ "We Are Family (2003) (TV)".  
  15. ^ Have I Been Here Before?" Episode #1.15 (2005)""".  
  16. ^ a b c d "Icely does it".  
  17. ^ Dancing on Ice Friday" (2010)""".  
  18. ^ tonight as poor Holly falls illDancing on IceColeen Nolan to present OK! Magazine, 27 February 2011
  19. ^ CBBColeen Nolan enters Virgin Media, 15 August 2012
  20. ^ , but she's the most successful lady in the seriesCelebrity Big BrotherColeen Nolan comes second in Rachael Wheeler, the Mirror, 7 September 2012
  21. ^ Gallagher, Rachael (14 November 2007). "IPC's Woman magazine hosts first celebrity wedding".  
  22. ^ "Coleen Nolan – Life & Style Columnist". Daily Mirror (UK). Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  23. ^ a b Kirby, Jane (3 June 2005). "Nolan defends offer to pay for son's sex trip".  
  24. ^ "Famous sisters are backing charity".  
  25. ^ "Nolan family mourns death of "guiding light" Maureen".  
  26. ^ "Britons lose £32 each in a year thanks to poor Maths and English skills". Daily Mail (UK). 19 March 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  27. ^ "Brazen to launch software to protect children from web predators, with Coleen Nolan's help". 26 March 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2008. 
  28. ^ "Coleen Nolan Launches 'Big Brother' Security for Kids".  
  29. ^ Smith, Lizzie (10 June 2009). "Look, no airbrushing: Loose Women Coleen Nolan, Denise Welch and Andrea McLean pose proudly in their swimsuits". Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  30. ^ Wilkes, Neil (2 June 2005). "Richie appalled by Nolan's hooker plan".  
  31. ^ Wilkes, Neil (6 June 2005). "Coleen Nolan defends prostitute promise".  
  32. ^ "Media Monitor Log". Loose Women ITV1 ( 
  33. ^ "Coleen Nolan". Daily Mirror. UK. Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  34. ^ TV Series: Loose Women (episode: 29 January 2007). ITV Studios (Prod: Alan Boyle). 2007

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Preceded by
Richard and Judy
Host of This Morning
with Twiggy

Succeeded by
John Leslie and Fern Britton
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