Des Coleman

Actor, TV Presenter & Motivational Speaker

A highly recognisable face of television and theatre, BAFTA winning actor Des Coleman has starred as Lenny Wallace for multiple series of Eastenders, as well as becoming nominated for an Evening Standard award and Royal Television Society Award for his role in the musical Simply Heavenly.

Des’ experiences in film, theatre and television make him one of the most accomplished personalities to sing as a solo artist, act as event host or present an array of television programmes. With the wonderful quality of being able to entertain and charm audiences, Des has become a popular household name on daytime and evening television. Often seen sitting on the This Morning sofa or as a guest vocalist on Vanessa, Des has gained recognition for his ability to always perform in front of camera and provide a good show consistently.

Coleman has enjoyed further praise for his film and television work, including Harry on the Boat, which became a series on Sky TV due to its success. Des was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Santa Monica Film Festival for his role in Simple. Exercising his vocal chords at the West End on numerous occasions, Des has played lead roles in Miss SaigonSimply HeavenlyOld Vic and Porgy and Bess. Critically acclaimed for his polished performances, Des makes a wonderful actor or solo artist for an event or production of any genre.

Des won a whole new section of fans after training with The Met Office to become a TV presenter and weather reporter for BBC East Midlands Today, his charm and eccentricity saw him win a Royal Television Award for his efforts. Coleman’s success on the show led to him becoming an elemental part of the presenting team for BBC’s The One Show for three years.

Having overcome two bouts of cancer, a week behind bars and a lengthy time on life support, Des understands how much of a challenge life can really be, making him a pre-eminent motivational speaker. With talks and question and answer sessions that empower audiences to inspire them to overcome adversity and difficulties, Des hopes to ‘use my experience; knowledge and humour to help encourage a belief that we all can all motivate ourselves and achieve our goals.’

Having worked for the Police, multiple universities, organisations and schools as an after dinner speaker, Des has created an accomplished portfolio of clients that were overjoyed with his work and attitude he instilled with audience members. Des currently works with a multitude of Orchestras and production companies, making hit shows and formidable productions for thousands to enjoy. At present, Des is enjoying touring with The Rat Pack, portraying the renowned Sammy Davis Jr all over the nation as well as continuing to contribute to BBC shows including Inside Out and The One Show.

To book former Eastenders actor, Des Coleman as the speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on

See what people had to say about Des, when he appeared at their corporate events:

“I can honestly say that, in 25 years as a manager for the BBC I have never known anyone as popular with the audience as Des. His fault, if there is one, is to have too much time for everyone.” – Emma, BBC Editor East Midlands Today

“We couldn’t have made a better choice than to have Des front our campaign. He was so accommodating, and as host and MC he was superb.  What a voice the feedback was so positive we’ve already booked him for next year.” – Josef, CEO Travena

“A consummate professional, His infectious personality and confidence is a joy to watch. He captures and holds an audience with an ability to entertain that is second to none. He has a winning charm that that just works.” – Dave, Ultimate Themed Events Theatre Producer

“The night was a huge success thank you! Des was absolutely amazing!!” – Amanda, Central Region