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Coleen Nolan
Born Coleen Patricia Nolan
(1965-03-12) 12 March 1965 (age 49)
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)
Website
Official Website

Coleen Patricia Nolan (born 12 March 1965) is an English singer and television presenter and author, best known as the youngest member of the girl group, the Nolans, in which she sang alongside her sisters, and for being a panellist on the lunchtime chat show Loose Women. She began Loose Women in 2000, remaining until 2011, before returning to the programme 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 1980-1994. 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.

In 2001, she began co-presenting the ITV daytime show This Morning. She returned to the show in 2010 as a presenter of the interactive hub segments and guest hosted the main show on This Morning Summer, alongside Paddy McGuinness in 2011. She is also a regular agony aunt on the daytime chat show The Alan Titchmarsh Show, appearing once a week on Friday afternoons.

In 2009, she appeared in the fourth series of the ITV show Dancing on Ice, where she finished fourth. Then in 2012, she appeared in the tenth series of Channel 5 reality series Celebrity Big Brother, finishing in the runner-up position.

The Nolans[edit]

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]

Television[edit]

Nolan's first television appearance with her sisters was on 5 February 1974 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, she presented the programme, The Truth About... Eternal Youth about plastic surgery on ITV1 (now ITV).

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

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

Loose Women[edit]

Main article: Loose Women

In 2000, Nolan became a regular panellist on ITV's daytime series 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] Coleen returned to Loose Women as a regular panellist on 7 October 2013.[8]

This Morning[edit]

Main article: This Morning

Between 2001 and 2002, Coleen co-presented This Morning on ITV, alongside John Leslie, on a rota basis with Fern Britton on Monday and Friday mornings.[9] Nolan was initially signed up to co-present with the 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. She left on 13 June 2012.[10]

The Alan Titchmarsh Show[edit]

Since 2013, Nolan has been an agony aunt on the ITV daytime chat show series The Alan Titchmarsh Show, appearing every Friday afternoon.

Guest appearances[edit]

On 4 March 2002 she was a guest contestant on the BBC comedy 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 she 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, in a past life, 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]

She made a guest appearance on Al Murray's Happy Hour on ITV on 19 September,[13] and on 27 September she starred along with her sister Linda, her two sons Shane and Jake and her brother Tommy 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 panellist on 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[edit]

Main article: Dancing on Ice

In 2009, Nolan took part in the fourth series of Dancing on Ice on ITV, which began on 11 January. 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.

She 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[edit]

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[edit]

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

In 2007, she 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.

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

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

Personal life[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Nolan has undertaken charity work for the Alzheimer's Society, including cycling the River Nile in Egypt.[citation needed] 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] Whilst 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]

Controversies[edit]

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]

Bibliography[edit]

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

Filmography[edit]

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
Videos
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

Novels[edit]

  • Denial, 2011

References[edit]

  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)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 February 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ ""Filthy Rich & Catflap" Episode #1.2 (1987)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 February 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Secret Guide to Women's Health". British Sky Broadcasting. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Rattler (2000)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 February 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ Coleen Nolan quits Loose Women after 10 years The Mirror, 16 March 2011
  7. ^ Coleen Nolan's final Loose Women: 'This show has been my life' Alex Fletcher, Digital Spy, 28 July 2011
  8. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a520600/coleen-nolan-kaye-adams-return-to-loose-women.html
  9. ^ Conlan, Tara (17 August 2001). "Good morning, says Twiggy". Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  10. ^ Last morning: Coleen Nolan bows out of This Morning role after two years Simon Boyle, The Mirror, 14 June 2012
  11. ^ ""Never Mind the Buzzcocks" Episode #10.9 (2002)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 February 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ "An Audience with Brian Conley (2002) (TV)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 February 2009. [dead link]
  13. ^ a b c d e "Coleen Nolan". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 February 2009. [dead link]
  14. ^ "We Are Family (2003) (TV)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 February 2009. [dead link]
  15. ^ ""Have I Been Here Before?" Episode #1.15 (2005)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 February 2009. [dead link]
  16. ^ a b c d "Icely does it". Blackpool Gazette. 13 January 2009. 
  17. ^ ""Dancing on Ice Friday" (2010)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  18. ^ Coleen Nolan to present Dancing on Ice tonight as poor Holly falls ill OK! Magazine, 27 February 2011
  19. ^ Coleen Nolan enters CBB Virgin Media, 15 August 2012
  20. ^ Coleen Nolan comes second in Celebrity Big Brother, but she's the most successful lady in the series Rachael Wheeler, the Mirror, 7 September 2012
  21. ^ Gallagher, Rachael (14 November 2007). "IPC's Woman magazine hosts first celebrity wedding". Press Gazette. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  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". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  24. ^ "Famous sisters are backing charity". Blackpool Gazette. 18 April 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  25. ^ "Nolan family mourns death of "guiding light" Maureen". Blackpool Gazette. 1 January 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  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". how-do.co.uk. 26 March 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2008. 
  28. ^ "Coleen Nolan Launches 'Big Brother' Security for Kids". Sentry Parental Controls. 29 April 2008. Archived from the original on 16 June 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2008. 
  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". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  31. ^ Wilkes, Neil (6 June 2005). "Coleen Nolan defends prostitute promise". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  32. ^ "Media Monitor Log". Loose Women ITV1 (Stonewall). 30 January 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2009. [dead link]
  33. ^ "Coleen Nolan". Daily Mirror. UK. Retrieved 30 September 2009. [dead link]
  34. ^ TV Series: Loose Women (episode: 29 January 2007). ITV Studios (Prod: Alan Boyle). 2007

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Richard and Judy
Host of This Morning
with Twiggy

2001
Succeeded by
John Leslie and Fern Britton