Coleen Patricia Nolan is an English Singer and Television personality. She was a member of the Anglo-Irish group The Nolans from 1980 to 1994, in which she performed with her older sisters. Since 2000, she has been a regular contributor on the ITV talk show Loose Women.

In 2005 Coleen took part in the UK ITV series ‘Have I Been Here Before?’ hosted by Phillip Schofield. In this series celebrities had the chance to be regressed to a past life by Hypnotherapist Andrea Foulkes. Their past life experiences are then investigated by Jules Hudson, a historian and archaeologist, to see if these accounts can be verified.

Talking before the regression she said, “I am fascinated by this sort of thing. I really want to believe in it because I want to believe that something does continue after we die. Otherwise I feel, what is the point of being here anyway to just be born and then die and that’s it.  And it’s kind of like that old question what is the meaning of life and so far for me there isn’t one”. She went on to say, “I, myself, have met people where from the moment I have walked in the room, I’ve gone I know him or I know her. And I don’t know where from, how I know them, have gone talking to them that night and it’s like I have known them all my life”.

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The regression took Coleen to a life as a young woman called Julia Davenport in the 1800s. She was dancing at a ball during August in Southampton, although at 16 she was too young to dance with men. She father was a carpenter who made things for the family who organised the ball.

Later she meets Eric who is from a rich family who are in shipping. They go riding and on picnics together. She seems very much in love with Eric. In time she marries Eric and they have five children, but sadly Eric dies. Julia visits him in the cemetery every day for 30 years. She misses him so much and doesn’t want to live without him. Finally, she is at the end of her life, aged 81, and is happy to be seeing Eric again.

Immediately afterwards Coleen says, “It was the weirdest experience ever. I feel like I’ve been in a time machine and transport somewhere else… I really felt like I was there”.

Jules Hudson investigates and was able to verify many of the details. For example, it was common in Victorian society to hold balls in order to socialise and network. Also, there are typically two important balls in August – on 1 and 12 to celebrate the beginning of stag hunting and grouse shooting respectively. Also, in Victorian society a young woman would be formally introduced to society as a Debutant or Deb. This is a young woman from a well to do family who has reached maturity and comes out into wider society at a formal “debut”.  Before that she would not have been allowed to socialise as Coleen mentioned.

Reflecting on the experience Coleen said, “I remember a sense, very much of wellbeing for a few days afterwards. I just thought it was lovely, they had such a lovely life. And I remember feeling very content… I felt very privileged to have lived that sort of life back then”

When asked if she felt it was a past life, Coleen said, “God, that’s a hard question. Yes, I really, really want to believe it. And if it’s not true then I am a very good actress with a very vivid imagination. So, and I know I am not either of those things. So I definitely think there is something in it”.