Coleen Patricia Nolan was born in Blackpool, Lancashire on March 12th 1965, this makes her the only English member of the Nolan family. She is a familiar face to millions of daytime TV views as one of the main anchors and regular panelist on ITV's flagship talk-show 'Loose Women' Coleen has been a regular on the show for more than twenty years. Coleen has been a professional entertainer since she was two years old. That's right - two! Whilst the family act known as 'The Sweethearts of Song had been around since the 1950s in Ireland and latterly in the UK, as each member of the family joined the act, the group changed their name to 'The Singing Nolans'. They had been touring the country for many years before Coleen came along. A family joke was that when a new baby came along, it was not a question of whether it was a boy or girl. but whether it could sing! Having made her recording debut in 1972 aged just six years old, there were no worries about her ability. Coleen was gifted with perfect pitch. After the Nolans were discovered at a chance Christmas Day performance, they relocated to London in search of fame. Coleen decided to stay in Blackpool with her Aunt and her horse! Shortly after moving to the capital, the sisters recorded their first single, 'But I Do' as The Nolan Sisters, Coleen would sing the lead vocal on the song. They were then asked to take part in the entire series of BBC TV's smash hit show 'It's Cliff'. Coleen made her TV debut singing that song. Althouh not a full-time member of the group, Coleen often appeared alongside them on TV programmes, including The Harry Seacombe Show and Vince Hill's Musical Time Machine. Coleen recorded her first solo single 'Andy' in homage to Prince Andrew, whom the song claimed she had a crush on. Coleen did not plan to be a permanent fixture of the group, having decided to work with animals. However, Denise left the act in 1978 and Coleen became a regular at theatres where her older sisters were enjouying freat success, often learning the dance routines and practicing them in the wings. She was featured in the entire 1979 series of Mike Yarwood In Persons. She also recorded some of the vocals on the Nolan Sisters first Epic/CBS album 'The Nolan Sisters'. In 1980 the eldest sister, Anne decided to retire from show-business having recently married. The Nolans had already enjoyed enormous success in the charts with the album and two singles on the Epic Label. Spirit, Body & Soul and their soon to be anthem, I'm In The Mood For Dancing. Coleen had featured in the promotional video for the song. By 1980 The Nolans had established themselves as one of the most successful girl groups in the world. Their music had been particularly popular in Japan, where they would go on to sell more than 12 million records, more than the Beatles had done at the time!
The Nolans undertook a gruelling 26 week summer season show at Blackpool Operah House, alongside Mike Yarwood, soon after starting the run, Anne discovered she was expecting her first baby. Her final show at Blackpool would be in October. Anne sang the lead vocal on the haunting ballad 'Miss You Nights'. On the final night, Anne realised that it would be the last time that she would be singing with her sisters and during the song she broke down in tears. Coleen had been waiting in the wings and witnessed Anne crying. Without flinching, Coleen walked on stage, and took over the vocal on the song, completing the number to an audience who jumped to their feet, cheering. Her age limited the number of shows she could take part in, but by 1981 Coleen was a full-time member of the act at the age of sixteen. Coleen and her sisters would go on to release three more albums and eight singles with Epic/CBS Most of them smash hits all over the world. She enjoyed several appearances on almost every major TV show. Tours soon followed and she worked extensively in Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, The Phillipeans, Hong Kong and most of Europe. The Nolans recorded more albums with other labels and undertook several tours of the UK and Ireland. Coleen starred in Pantomime and recorded her last single with the act 'I'm In The Mood For Dancing 89' in that year. She had healined with the act in Summer Season shows all over the UK. After marrying Shane Richie, the couple had two sons, Shane Jr and Jake before she decided to retire from show-business in 1993. She was coaxed back to promote another re-recording of their biggest hit in 1995, before leaving singing behind. Having taken on a job in a health food shop, life as a mum and housewife seemed secure, until her marriage broke down in 1999. Soon afterwards she appeared on Tricia's TV show discussing her marriage beak down. It was then when she was approached to appear on a new ITV chat-show 'Live Talk' which would go on to become 'Loose Women' as her reputation and experience grew Coleen was invited to take over hosting duties along-side Twiggy on the daytime giant 'This Morning'. Critics were harsh and viewing figures plummeted. Twiggy was dismissed from the show and before long, Coleen and her new co-host John Leslie had rescued the show. Fern Brittan replaced Coleen the following year after Coleen decided to concentrate on 'Loose Women'. She made her acting debut in 2000 in the comedy film Rattler. TV credits include 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 2001 and Celebrity Fit Club in 2002. She returned to the show as a judge on a later season.
In 2003 she became a panelist on 'The Wright Stuff' and stood in as the main presenter when Wright fell ill. Further guest appearances came with Brian Conley, Alan Carr, Paul O'Grady, Al Murray and Sharon Osbourne. Coleen married her second husband, musician Ray Fensome in 2007. The couple had a daughter, Ciara, in 2001. Coleen presented the programme, The Truth About... Eternal Youth a programme about plastic surgery on ITV in 2009, and presented The Secret Guide To Women's Health in 2010 on Sky Real Lives. In January 2009 she took part in the fourth series of Dancing on Ice on ITV, finishing in fourth place. She went on to co-host the spin-off show Dancing on Ice Friday with Ben Shephard. For one week, she hosted Dancing on Ice, in place of Holly Willoughby who fell ill. In 2007, Coleen featured in television advertisements for the supermarket chain Iceland, along with her sister Bernie and former Loose Women colleague Kerry Katona. She was also the new face of Park Christmas Savings and appeared in their television advertisements. Summer of 2010 saw her enter the Celebrity Big Brother house, where she was runner up. in December 2010 early 2008 she released a DVD, A Brand New You, produced with Rosemary Conley.In 2012, she was a guest panellist on an episode of Celebrity Juice on ITV2.[2
Coleen left 'Loose Women' for a while and became resident agony aunt on the ITV chat show The Alan Titchmarsh Show. In 2015 she took part in 2015s ITV's Give a Pet a Home which she co-hosted with Amanda Holden.
In 2017, Coleen entered theCelebrity Big Brother a second time, on Day 32 she was announced as the winner. On 3 September 2018, Coleen announced that she would embark on her first solo concert tour, the Never Too Late Tour, in 2019. Originally scheduled to begin on 11 January, the tour was postponed indefinitely on 6 September 2018 after an explosive arguement with Big Brother nemsis Kin Woodburn erupted on Loose Women. She would later appear in a short-run of the musical 'Thundergirls' at the Lowry Theatre in Salford.
Coleen has a weekly column in Best magazine, and is the resident Agony Aunt for the Mirror Newspaper. In 2018, Coleen divorced Ray Fensome. Coleen has also co-presented 'Celebrity Full Monty for the last few years, alongside Ashley Banjo. The show aims to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Care and Testicular Cancer. Coleen has written several books, including two novels and two autobiographies. She also released two lifestyle books. Three fitness DVDs have also been released. In 2009 four of the Nolans re-united for a UK tour the group recorded a new album. A live DVD was subsequently released. Coleen has also starred in tow more pantomimes, at Liverpool and Bradford. She then went on to win 'Get Britain Singing' alongside her fellow Loose Women. The Nolans have recorded three series of 'The Nolans' these being 'At Home With The Nolans' annd two series of 'Cruising With The Nolans'. In late 2023 it was announced that Coleen would be touring the UK in her first solo tour.
From a child star, as the youngest of the ‘Nolan Sisters’ to TV Personality/Presenter, Best Selling Author and Agony Aunt, Coleen Nolan has done it all, or so it would seem. However, there is still one thing that that needs ticking off the showbiz bucket list. So, for the very first time, Coleen takes to the stage with her first ever solo show…Naked! (Not literally!)
Coleen will be taking us back to her first love of performing, by singing a selection of her favourite songs which have become the soundtrack to her life. Coleen’s life will be laid bare as she openly discusses her love life, lessons learned as well as challenging views on age-appropriate behaviour. Empowering women of any age to rediscover their passions and enjoy life to the max! Ladies and Gentlemen, Coleen Nolan is ‘In the Mood for Dancing’
FRIDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 2024: BLACKPOOL GRAND THEATRE
FRIDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2024: BOLTON ALBERT HALLS
MONDAY 19TH FEBRUARY: DUNDEE WHITEHALL THEATRE
TUESDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2024: TIVOLI THEATRE, ABERDEEN
THURSDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2024: STOCKPORT PLAZA
WEDNESDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2024: FAIRFIELD HALL, CROYDEN (LONDON)
THURSDAY 29TH FEBRUARY 2024: THEATRE ROYAL, ST. HELENS
SATURDAY 2ND MARCH 2024: DECO THEATRE, NORTHAMPTON
WEDNESDAY 6TH MARCH 2024: THE FORUM, BARROW
SATURDAY 9TH MARCH 2024: PAVILION, EASTBOURNE
SUNDAY 10TH MARCH 2024: SPA PAVILION, FELIXTOWE MOTHER'S DAY MATINEE
THURSDAY 21ST MARCH 2024: FIRE STATION, SUNDERLAND
FRIDAY 21ST MARCH 2024: PAVILION, RHYL
SATURDAY 23RD MARCH 2024: FLORAL PAVILION,WIRRAL
WEDNESDAY 27TH MARCH 2024: PAVILION, BOURNEMOUTH
THURSDAY 28TH MARCH 2024: GRAND THEATRE, SWANSEA
Coleen with her partner, Michael
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