Richard Coles Biography

Richard Keith Robert Coles, known professionally as Richard Kohl is an English musician, journalist, radio presenter and minister of the Church of England. He is best known for being part of the multi-instrumentalist group The Communards, which achieved three top ten hits. He is also known for his numerous appearances on radio and television. Richard received an MA by Research from the University of Leeds in 2005 for his work on the Greek text of the Epistle to the Ephesians. With a passion for music from a young age, he learned to play the saxophone, clarinet and keyboards. Coles is also a member of the Labor Party as well as a member of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) having converted from watching the 2020 TV series Normal People. In addition, Richard starred in an episode of the BBC Four series Britain’s Lost Masterpieces in January 2021.

Fast facts on Richard Coles

celebrated nameRichard Kohl
Age62 years, 2 months and 17 days
Birth NameRichard Keith Robert Coles
place of birthNorthampton, England
nation of birthEngland
ethnicityBritish white
UniversityWellingborough School and South Warwickshire College
marital statusMarried
sexual orientationHappy
net worth$1.6 million
Weight68 kilos
height1.85 m
body typeaverage
hair colourBrown
eye colordark brown
connectionsWikipedia Instagram Twitter

Famous for

  • As an English musician, journalist, radio presenter and minister of the Church of England.
  • For being part of the multi-instrumentalist group The Communards.
Church of England Rev. Richard Coles

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Where is Richard Coles from?

Richard Coles was born on March 26, 1962 with the real name Richard Keith Robert Coles in Northampton, England. He is British by nationality and British White by ethnicity. Likewise, his religious beliefs are in the Christian religion and his race is white. Richard’s current age is 59, which he celebrated back in 2021, and according to his date of birth, his zodiac sign is Aries. His older brother Andy Coles is a former Metropolitan Police Officer, was elected Conservative Councilor in Peterborough in 2015 and was appointed Deputy Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner in 2016.

Speaking of education, he was educated at the independent Wellingborough School and the South Warwickshire College of Further Education in Stratford-upon-Avon. He later attended King’s College London, where he studied theology from 1990. In 2005 he received an MA by Research from the University of Leeds for work on the Greek text of the Epistle to the Ephesians.

Richard Cole’s career timeline

  • Richard Coles began his career in 1983 starring in the Lesbian and Gay Youth Video Project’s film Framed Youth: The Revenge of the Teenage Perverts, after which he provided narration for the 1987 Style Council film Jerusalem.
  • He then began a career as a writer and journalist, notably with the Times Literary Supplement and the Catholic Herald.
  • He was selected for priesthood formation in the Church of England and began his studies in 2003 at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.
  • He was then minister at St Botolph’s Church, Boston, Lincolnshire, and then at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, London.
  • He was an inspiration for the character of Adam Smallbone on the BBC Two sitcom Rev. His book Lives of the Improbable Saints was published on November 1, 2012 by Darton, Longman and Todd.
  • He was made an honorary chaplain of the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers in 2019 and the first volume of his memoir, Fathomless Riches, was published in 2014.
  • Coles was also elected a Fellow of King’s College London and separately Chancellor of the University of Northampton in July 2017.
  • Richard is also still active as a broadcaster as he used to present on Radio 3’s ‘Nightwaves’ and BBC Two’s ‘Newsnight Review’. He has also appeared twice on Radio 4’s panel game show Heresy; first in May 2008, then in May 2010.
  • In January 2010, Coles presented a special edition of Songs of Praise and in 2011 he presented a four-part Radio 3 series entitled Out in the World: A Global Gay History.
  • He was a regular presenter on Radio 4’s Saturday Live and won the BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind in January 2014.
  • He appeared on BBC1 as a subject in Fern Britton Meets… in December 2014 and starred in the BBC cookery series Celebrity Masterchef which placed fifth in July 2016.
  • In February 2017 he co-presented The Big Painting Challenge with Mariella Frostrup on BBC1 and from September 2017 he was a contestant in series 15 of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
  • He was a guest panelist on the Christmas special of the eleventh series of the BBC1 comedy quiz ‘Would I Lie to You?’ on 18 December 2017 and captained a team from the University of Leeds who were series champions in the BBC’s ‘Christmas 2019 University Challenge’.
  • He appeared on the BBC series Winter Walks in December 2020 and starred in an episode of the BBC Four series Britain’s Lost Masterpieces in January 2021.


  • Lives of the Unlikely Saints
  • Legends of the Unlikely Saints
  • Bring in the sheaves: wheat and chaff from my priestly years
  • Fathomless Riches: Or how I went from pop to pulpit
  • The Madness of Grief: A Memoir of Love and Loss
  • water of salvation

Richard Cole’s partner: what is his sexuality?

Richard Coles is an unmarried guy. He is gay by sexual orientation. He was in a celibate relationship with his partner David Coles (née Oldham) until his death in December 2019. After the death, Richard said he received hate mail claiming his partner was in Hell.

Richard Coles and his partner David Coles

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Richard Cole’s net worth: How much does he make?

Richard Coles is a versatile guy who has a net worth of $1.6 million as of 2022. He also earns a handsome salary that ranges from $400,000 to $800,000 per year. Coles has made a significant amount of money from his job as his main source of income comes from his career as a musician, journalist, radio presenter and Church of England minister.

Richard Cole’s height: how tall is he?

Richard Coles is 1.85 m tall and weighs about 68 kg. He has brown hair and dark brown eye color. In addition, his body type is average. Richard is healthy, fit and up to date.

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