How Old Is Coleen Nolan, Is The Loose Women Star Divorcing Her Husband Ray Fensome And What Other Tv Shows Is She On?


TELLY addicts get their weekly dose of Coleen Nolan on daytime chat show Loose Women.

After first finding fame as a singer with her sisters in girl group The Nolans, she’s consistently proved to be a witty, much-loved panellist on the lunchtime programme.

Rex Features Coleen Nolan is panellist on Loose Women

Where is Coleen from and who are The Nolans?

Coleen was born in the Lancashire town of Blackpool in 1965 and is one of eight children.

She is the youngest sister of the bunch and is now aged 53.

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

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

She found fame with the Nolans

Their original line-up was Anne, Denise, who left in 1978, Maureen, Linda and Bernadette.

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 made their television debut on Cliff Richard‘s TV show.

They appeared on numerous TV shows as well as supporting Rat Pack singer Frank Sinatra on his 1975 European Tour.

Getty Images They rose to prominence in the Seventies

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

These included Attention To Me, Who’s 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.

When did Coleen’s sister Bernie die of cancer?

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

Coleen and older sister Linda 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 sister, who they said was “always the life and soul of the party”.

Getty Images – FilmMagic 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.

She has also taken part in Dancing on Ice in 2009, before fronting Dancing on Ice Friday the following year.

She returned to This Morning in 2016 as their interim agony aunt.

Rex Features She also fronted This Morning in 2001

Coleen entered Celebrity Big Brother back in 2012 and her popularity with the public was clear as she was declared runner-up.

However she went one better in 2017 when she returned to the house for the All-Star series, after she was crowned the winner.

In 2018, Coleen was the first woman announced to head the line-up for The Real Full Monty to raise awareness of cancer.

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

Coleen got hitched to ex EastEnders actor Shane Richie, 53, 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 second husband Ray in 2007, however she announced in February this year that they were getting divorced. 

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

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