Who is Coleen Nolan? Loose Women panellist and Celebrity Big Brother winner – all you need to know


TELLY addicts get their weekly dose of Coleen Nolan on daytime chat show Loose Women – and that quadrupled when she was inside the CBB house.

After first finding fame as a singer with her sisters in girl group The Nolan’s, she’s proved to be a witty, well-loved panellist on the lunchtime programme and impressed CBB viewers so much she went on to win the show.

 Coleen Nolan won on her second visit Big Brother house

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Coleen Nolan won on her second visit Big Brother house

The star is now back in her rightful home, on the Loose Women panel, but returned to her role with the sad news that her sister Linda has been diagnosed with secondary cancer.

In an emotional chat Coleen insisted “Linda wants to get it across she’s not dying of cancer she’s living with cancer. They’ve said it is treatable, she could have years. We have to focus on that.”

It comes just weeks after Linda revealed the results of a secret face lift on the show.

So what do we know about this bubbly ex popstar who is always In The Mood For Dancing?

Where is Coleen from and who are The Nolans?

Coleen was born in the Lancashire town in 1951 and was one of eight children.

She is the youngest sister of the bunch and is now aged 51.

 She found fame with the Nolans

She found fame with the Nolans

She joined forces with her female siblings for Seventies pop power group The Nolans.

They started life as the The Nolan Sisters, before changing their name in 1980.

Their classic track is party staple I’m In The Mood For Dancing, and Coleen became a permanent member in the same year, after starring in the video.

They starred on numerous TV shows as well as supporting Rap Pack singer Frank Sinatra in his 1975 European Tour.

 They hit fame in the Seventies

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They hit fame in the Seventies

Between 1979 and 1982 they racked up seven UK Top 20 hits.

These included Attention To Me, Whose Gonna Rock You and Chemistry.

Anne – who was replaced by Coleen – then returned to the group in 1982 before Linda left the following year.

They disbanded in 2005 yet four years later, Maureen, Linda, Bernie and Coleen again joined forces for a 25-date tour.

Coleen’s sister Bernie died of cancer in 2013

Bernie was just 52 when she lost her battle with cancer in 2013 leaving behind husband Steve and daughter Erin.

Coleen, 51, and older sister Linda, 57, recently got together on Loose Women to share their memories of their sibling.

Just two days after the sad news that comedienne Caroline Aherne lost her battle with cancer at the same age as Bernie, Linda and Coleen struggled to hold back tears as they spoke about their little sister who they said was “always the life and soul of the party”.

 Bernie (centre-right) was the lead vocalist of girl group The Nolans

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Bernie (centre-right) was the lead vocalist of girl group The Nolans

Does Coleen have a secret half-sister?

Coleen was in her twenties when she discovered her dad had fathered another child while he was still married to her mum – but she’s never managed to find her sibling and fears she could be dead.

Speaking to best magazine about her search, she revealed: “We think the woman may have given her baby up for adoption.

“Or perhaps she’s out there, and has no idea about us. Worse, maybe she’s died.”

What other TV shows has Coleen been involved in?

Between 2001 and 2002 she presented This Morning with John Leslie.

It comes with a handful of other telly gigs including fronting Dancing on Ice Friday and the Alan Tichmarsh show.

She returned to This Morning this year as an interim agony aunt.

 She also fronted This Morning in 2001

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She also fronted This Morning in 2001

Coleen entered the iconic bungalow back in 2012.

Her popularity with the public was clear and she was declared runner-up.

Who is Coleen married to and who are her former partners?

Coleen got hitched to ex EastEnders actor Shane Richie, 52, in 1990 but they split in 1997 when she discovered he had been cheating.

Speaking on the ITV show Loose Women, she recalled: “After two years of finding things out and getting back together, the thing that got me was when the girl he was seeing’s mum phoned and said, ‘Do you know where Shane is?’”

After replying that he was on a work trip, the woman replied: “No, he’s on holiday with my daughter.

The couple divorced in 1999.

She married current husband Ray in 2007.

 Shane and Coleen were married in 1990 but were divorced by '99

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Shane and Coleen were married in 1990 but were divorced by ’99

What do we know about her marriage to Ray Fensome?

Coleen’s CBB stint was said to be part of a forced trial separation to save their marriage.

The 51-year-old has made no secret of the couple’s marital issues recently and now insiders claim she’s going into the house to get a break.

An insider told The Daily Star: “Everyone is a bit shocked but Coleen has said she will do it.

“It’s a delicate time so after Christmas she might change her mind but she’s very much on board.”

She described the moment Ray told her he no longer found her attractive saying she was ‘totally devastated’.

Speaking to The Mirror, she added: “It was tough to hear, but I’d asked him for the truth and sometimes the truth bloody hurts.”

Coleen insisted she wouldn’t be dieting to make Ray happy and said she found him the ‘least fanciable man on the planet’ when he had.

She has been open with their youngest daughter, 15-year-old Ciara, who’s given her mum her blessing should they need to take a break.

Who is her son Jake Roche?

Her youngest son is part of pop band Rixton.

Jake split with ex fiancee and Little Mix star Jesy Nelson in November 2016.

The couple were inseparable when they first got together and, after getting engaged with the help of Ed Sheeran, Coleen gushed about how the couple wouldn’t “hang about” when it came to setting a date.

Coleen Nolan in tears on Celebrity Big Brother after being voted untrustworthy



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