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 panelist on the chat show Loose Women from 2000 to 2011, and then from October 2013 on.
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 Japanese Grammy in 1992. She was a member of the line-up that reformed for a successful tour of the UK and Ireland in 2009.
From 2001–02, Nolan co-presented the ITV daytime show This Morning. She returned to the show from 2010–12, as a presenter of the interactive hub segments. In 2009, she competed in the fourth series of the ITV show Dancing on Ice, where she finished in fourth place. In 2012, she appeared in the 10th series of Channel 5 reality series Celebrity Big Brother, finishing as runner up.
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 . In 1992, the group won a Japanese Grammy (Tokubetsu Kikaku Sho award) for best foreign recording artists.
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.
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. On 14 January 1987, she appeared alongside her sisters Anne, Bernie and Maureen in the BBC sitcom Filthy Rich & Catflap.
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, she made her last appearance as a panellist on 28 July 2011. On 7 October 2013, Nolan returned as a regular panellist.
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. Nolan was initially signed up to co-present with former model Twiggy, who was sacked after working on the show for only a month.
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.
In 2000, Nolan played the part of Janelle Cooper in the short comedy film, Rattler.
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!” 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.
On 27 February 2011, Nolan hosted Dancing on Ice, in place Holly Willoughby who fell ill.
On 15 August 2012, Nolan was announced as the eleventh celebrity to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house on Channel 5. On 7 September 2012, she was declared the runner-up of the series.
In 2013, Nolan was a resident agony aunt on the ITV chat show The Alan Titchmarsh Show, appearing on the show every Friday.
On 6 September 2010, Nolan made her return to This Morning, presenting segments in the interactive Hub, but left on 13 June 2012. In 2011, she presented This Morning Summer with Paddy McGuinness.
In 2015, Coleen took part in ITV’s Give a Pet a Home series which worked alongside the RSPCA in Birmingham. The show began airing in April 2015, with Amanda Holden as host.
On 4 March 2002, Nolan was a panellist on BBC panel game show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. On 25 May she appeared on An Audience with Brian Conley. 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.
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. 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.
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”.
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.
On 19 September, Nolan appeared on Al Murray’s Happy Hour 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.
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.
Nolan has a weekly column in Best magazine and a parenting column in the Daily Mirror.
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.
Nolan was born and brought up in Blackpool to Irish parents. She is the youngest of eight children and the only one born in England. 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 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) 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.
Nolan’s mother died on 30 December 2007.
- Upfront and Personal: The Autobiography (2009)
- Mum to Mum: Happy Memories and Honest Advice, From a Real Mum (2010)
- Envy (2010)
- Denial (2011)
|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|
|2015||Give a Pet a Home||Celebrity participant||1 series, 6 episodes|
|2008||A Brand New You||Herself||DVD|
|Coleen Nolan’s Disco Burn||Herself||Fitness DVD|
|2010||Park Christmas Savings||Herself|