Jake Roche

Jake Roche
Jake Roche (cropped).jpg
Roche at the Click 98.9 New Artist Showcase, in August 2014.
Jake Peter Roche

(1992-09-16) 16 September 1992 (age 28)
Reigate, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active 2004–present
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Associated acts Push Baby

Jake Peter Roche (born 16 September 1992)[1] is a British singer, songwriter and actor. He is known as the lead vocalist of the band Push Baby, charting at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart with "Me and My Broken Heart".[2] In 2010, he appeared in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, portraying the role of Isaac Nuttall.[3]

Early life

Born in Reigate, England in 1992, Roche is the son of actor Shane Richie and his then wife, singer and television personality Coleen Nolan.[4] His parents divorced when he was nine years old. He has said about the divorce: "I remember seeing on the front pages about my dad cheating, but, as horrible as that was, we didn't fully understand because we were so young – so it’s not had this massive, damaging impact on us or anything."[4]

He attended St Mary's Catholic College in Blackpool, prior to moving to London.[5]

Acting career

Roche trained at The Sylvia Young Theatre School for two years and appeared in the film Finding Neverland.[6]

In 2010, he auditioned for the part of Isaac Nuttall in Emmerdale. Of the auditions he has said that he did not tell anyone who his parents were, Roche has said "I'd never go off mum and dad’s back because I wanted to know I could hold my own in a job like this."[4] He was subsequently cast in the part and appeared on screens from August to October 2010.

He also appeared as Matt in the BBC musical film Rules of Love in 2010, and appeared briefly in drama Scott & Bailey in 2012.

In 2014, along with his band, he appeared on the Nickelodeon series, The Haunted Hathaways, as themselves.

Singing career

Roche is the frontman for the band Push Baby (formerly Rixton), a pop and R&B group signed by Scooter Braun's SB Projects. The members of Rixton are Roche on vocals and rhythm guitar, with other members being Charley Bagnall, Lewi Morgan.

Rixton's first music video was released in October 2013 entitled "Make Out", an upbeat song that lampoons on famous music videos from Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj, but it was never released as a single. Their first official single, "Me and My Broken Heart" is taken from their EP of the same name.

Personal life

Roche attended Reigate College in the town of Reigate in Surrey where his father lives. He was engaged to Jesy Nelson, from the group Little Mix. He proposed in the middle of a Little Mix soundcheck in 2015. Ed Sheeran surprised Jesy with her and Jake's favorite song, "Tenerife Sea". They later broke off the engagement and broke up in November 2016.


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Finding Neverland Orphan Film
2009–2015 Loose Women Himself Six episodes
2010 Emmerdale Isaac Nuttall 12 episodes
2010 Rules of Love Matt Television film
2012 Friday Night Dinner First policeman One episode
2012 Little Crackers Paul McCartney One episode
2012–2013 Scott & Bailey Sammy Murray Three episodes
2014 The Haunted Hathaways Himself One episode; with Rixton
2013 The Young Victorians Henry Television film


(As part of Push Baby)

  • 2014: Me and My Broken Heart EP
  • 2019: Woah as Push Baby


  1. ^ Nolan, Coleen (2009). Upfront and Personal. London: PanMacmillan. pp. 123–124. ISBN 9780330506694.
  2. ^ "RIXTON | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Shane Richie's son Jake to star in Emmerdale | News | Emmerdale | What's on TV". What' s on TV. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b c O'Boyle, Claire (27 August 2010). "Emmerdale's new star Jake Roche on growing up with famous parents Coleen Nolan and Shane Richie – mirror.co.uk". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Singer revelling in fatherhood as baby arrives". Blackpoolgazette.co.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  6. ^ Mcmahon, Kate (6 July 2010). "Shane Ritchie and Coleen Nolan's son Jake gets rival soap role in Emmerdale as dad returns to EastEnders – mirror.co.uk". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 16 January 2011.

External links

Other Languages