Reverend Richard Coles

Cleric, Broadcaster & Former Communard

Reverend Richard Coles is the only Church of England priest that can claim to having had a British Number 1 hit single as part of highly successful pop duo The Communards. He is a radio broadcaster and television panellist on shows such as Have I Got News for You and QI.

"Cometh the hour, cometh the overweight Vicar with arthritis in his knees" - Rev Richard Coles

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  • After Dinner Speaking - "From Pop Star to Parson"
  • Awards Ceremony Host
  • Conference & Keynote Speaking
    - LGBT, Diversity and Inclusion
    - Trust
    - Ethics


He presents in English.

How he presents

Having addressed diverse audiences, Richard has refined a highly original, humorous and captivating after dinner speech that will appeal to all.

Books & Media

  • Bringing in the Sheaves
  • Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went From Pop to Pulpit
  • Legends of the Improbable Saints

In Detail

The Reverend Richard Coles is a Church of England priest in the quintessentially English village of Finedon, Northamptonshire. Richard moved to London as a young man to work as a session musician in theatre. He joined pop group Bronski Beat as a sax player where he met Jimmy Somerville and they formed The Communards. After his pop career Richard studied for a theology degree at King's College, London. With a particular interest in housing communities, he is involved in providing social and affordable housing. Richard writes regularly for newspapers and magazines. He is co-presenter of BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live. Richard was the inspiration for the main character in the BBC hit comedy Rev and took part in Celebrity Masterchef.


Richard Coles' work in the media and unique position as the only Vicar to have had a number one hit record, makes him a popular speaker on the after dinner circuit, regaling many extraordinary and humorous tales of his journey from popstar to priest.



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