Desune Franklin Coleman
14 March 1975
ITV News Central Weather
|Known for||ITV News Central|
BBC Radio Derby
East Midlands Today (2007–11)
|Lenny Wallace in EastEnders|
The Bill (2003)
ITV News Central Weather
The One Show (current)
Desune Franklin "Des" Coleman is a British actor, singer and weather presenter. He has appeared in numerous stage musicals, and played the role of Lenny Wallace in BBC's EastEnders. In 2007, he became the weatherman for BBC's East Midlands Today but was sacked in 2011 for breaching on-air guidelines. In 2016, he joined ITV Central's ITV News Central as the weather presenter.
Coleman worked as a welder after leaving school aged 16, before deciding to pursue a career in performing. He attended the Guildford School of Acting in Surrey, and after graduating in 1993 he worked as a singer in Germany for six months in the stage musical Chicago. He then landed a starring role in the musical Miss Saigon.
In 1996, he was cast as wideboy Lenny Wallace in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. His first television job, Coleman remained with the soap until 1999. His television work post EastEnders has included: Is Harry on the Boat? (2001); Casualty (2003); The Bill (2004), and Doctors (2004; 2006). He also appeared in the 2001 film Submerged with Sam Neill. On stage he has appeared in London's West End's Rent, Simply Heavenly, and understudied the lead in Trevor Nunn's musical opera Porgy and Bess. Currently, Des works on The One Show as a reporter.
Coleman has worked for BBC Radio Derby, where he was asked to do the weather report at the Broadcast Centre in Nottingham. This led to a career change. He trained as a weather presenter and in 2007 he began presenting for BBC's East Midlands Today television. The BBC terminated his contract in 2011 after Coleman used a live weather report to protest his innocence over firearm charges; he deliberately put the wrong temperature on the weather map and told viewers they should not believe everything said by the media.
In 2010, Coleman was arrested and charged for allegedly pointing an imitation firearm at another driver on a motorway. Coleman denied the charges. In April 2011, Coleman was completely exonerated of the allegations. According to the Judge at the court hearing, prosecution acted negligently, having not discovered details of past convictions of the prosecuting witness. The witness had four incidents of road rage since 2009, and in one instance, threatened another motorist with a knife. The judge suggested the case should not have come to trial and ordered that a transcript of the proceedings be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
In November 2018, Coleman was rushed to hospital after a collapse due to haemorrhage in the bowels. He underwent surgery to remove tumours in his bowel and spent two days on life-support. He made a recovery three months later in February 2019.
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- "Former BBC presenter Des Coleman cleared of gun charge". BBC News. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
- "ITV News Central weatherman Des Coleman returns to the hospital which saved his life". ITV News Central. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
- "'Dancing' weatherman Des Coleman is back on TV after life-saving op shock". Birmingham Mail. 5 February 2019.
- ITV News Central weather presenter Des Coleman joins Bob Warman in self-isolation itv.com, 9 April 2020