Who is Rev Richard Coles and is he married? – The Sun | The Sun

REV Richard Coles is a vicar with a difference, as he also lives a double lifestyle as a celebrity.

The man of God is also known for Strictly AND being in a famous band in the 80s.

Who is Rev Richard Coles?

Born March 26, 1962, Rev Richard Coles is a Church of England priest and English musician.

He studied theology at Kings College London and went on to gain an MA from the University of Leeds.

Rev Coles is most famous for being part of The Communards alongside Jimmy Somerville, who had been friends before joining the band.

They formed the band in 1984 after Jimmy left Bronski Beat, and where known for hits like Don't Leave Me This Way, and Never Can Say Goodbye.

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After leaving his music behind at the end of the 80s, he began writing for the Times Literary Supplement and Catholic Herald.

And it was after attending a mass at St Alban's in 1990 that he was "suddenly inspired with a new found faith".

In his biography on his website, it is revealed: "Between 1990-1994 he studied for a theology degree at King's College, London, before returning to Northamptonshire where he began to seriously consider taking holy orders."

After a 10-year period as a Roman Catholic, Richard returned to Anglicanism in 2001 and then in 2005 was ordained into the Anglican priesthood.

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He was appointed vicar at St Mary the Virgin in Finedon, Northamptonshire, in 2011, and retired just after Easter 2022.

Richard now resides in Friston, East Sussex.

Is Rev Richard Coles married?

In December 2019 Richard was left heartbroken after his partner Rev David Coles died aged 42.

He announced the tragic news on Twitter, thanking hospital staff for caring for his long-term partner.

In his Twitter bio, David described himself as a "carer to FIVE delinquent yet delightful dachshunds.

“A dilettante potter, designer, gardener and narrow boat enthusiast."

The couple didn't have any children, and were in a celibate, civil partnership.

In 2021, Richard revealed David had died from alcoholism.

In an extract from his book The Madness Of Grief: A Memoir Of Love And Loss, Richard, said: "It was really, really tough to see somebody you love destroy himself.

"It is like someone is drowning and you throw them a lifebelt but they are just not taking the lifebelt.

"And I did try everything I could think of to help him stop drinking, and in fairness to him he did try too, but it was too much for him."

When was Rev Richard Coles on Strictly Come Dancing?

Richard was on the show back in 2017 and was partnered with Dianne Buswell.

Richard left during Movie Week and was the second celebrity to be voted off that year.

He was on the show alongside the likes of Mollie King, Ruth Langsford and Brian Conley.

The season was won by Joe McFadden and Katya Jones.

What TV shows has Rev Richard Coles been on?

In 2016 Richard appeared on Celebrity MasterChef and finished in fifth place.

In early 2017, the telly host fronted The Big Painting Challenge on BBC One with Mariella Frostrup.

Since 2011 he has been the presenter of Radio 4's Saturday Live.

Richard also appeared on the latest series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, along with Joe McFadden.

He is the presenter of Radio 4's Saturday Live.

Richard is a regular contributor to QI, Would I Lie to You? and Have I Got News for You.

In 2022 he is fronting Channel 4's Good Grief, opening up about bereavement.

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