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Coleen Patricia Nolan (born 12 March 1965; Blackpoolmarker, Lancashiremarker) is an Englishmarker television presenter and singer. She was the youngest member of the girl group The Nolans, in which she sang alongside her sisters. She has since then appeared on various television shows both as a presenter and panellist as well as appearing on reality television programmes. In 2009 she toured again with the Nolans.

Career

Nolan was a member of The Nolans in the 1980s. She joined the group in 1980 when she was fifteen years old. Her first television appearance with her sisters though was on 5 February 1974 when she was 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 Linda in the BBC sitcom Filthy Rich & Catflap.

Nolan is a regular panellist on ITV's Loose Women, which she joined in 2000. Also in 2000 she played the part of Janelle Cooper in the short comedy film, Rattler. In late 2001 she co-presented This Morning on ITV1, alongside John Leslie, on a rota basis with Twiggy.

On 4 March 2002 she was a guest contestant on the BBC comedy 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 she 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 panelist on the chat show The Wright Stuff on Five, hosted by Matthew Wright.

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 Regression Therapy. 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 Irishmarker chat show, broadcast and produced by RTÉmarker, The Podge and Rodge Show.

In 2007, she featured in television advertisements for the supermarket chain Iceland, along with her sister Bernie, and former Loose Women colleague Kerry Katona. On 10 March she was a guest on the Irish chat show, Tubridy Tonight on RTÉ One.

In early 2008 she brought out a DVD, A Brand New You, produced with Rosemary Conley. She made a guest appearance on Al Murray's Happy Hour on ITV on 19 September, 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 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. Also in December she released a fitness DVD, Coleen Nolan's Disco Burn.

In 2009, Nolan took part in the fourth series of Dancing On Ice on ITV1, 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!" She was eliminated in week ten, finishing in fourth place.

In April 2009, she presented the programme, The Truth About... Eternal Youth about plastic surgery on ITV1. In late April, her autobiography, Upfront and Personal was published.

The Nolans reformed in 2009 for a UK tour to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of I’m in the Mood for Dancing.

Nolan has a weekly column in Woman magazine and a parenting column in the Daily Mirror.

Personal life

Nolan was born and brought up in Blackpoolmarker. She married Shane Richie in 1990, and they had two sons, Shane and Jake, 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 longterm boyfriend Ray Fensome a musician who is also from Blackpool, when he proposed on her 40th birthday in 2005. In 2007 she joined a Rosemary Conley diet class in Blackpool and lost three stone for her wedding on 3 November.

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

Nolan's mother died on 30 December 2007.

In March 2008, Nolan supported a Learn Direct national campaign to improve English and Maths skills, 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.

In January 2008, Nolan claimed that various slimming techniques had enabled her to drop five dress sizes and five stone in weight to 8st 13lbs and size 10. 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.

Controversies

Nolan has gained media attention at times for controversial statements and opinions. In 2005, on Loose Women she claimed that if her 15 year old son passed his exams then she would pay for him to go on a sex trip to Amsterdammarker 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 Nolans 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 districtmarker. If he planned to go on a trip to Ibizamarker everybody would have thought that was fine, even though he would probably have unprotected sex with lots of girls." 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."

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

Bibliography

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


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