Bernie Nolan Aug 2, 2013 14:59:52 GMT 1
Post by Laurence on Aug 2, 2013 14:59:52 GMT 1
Bernadette Therese "Bernie" Nolan (17 October 196) was an Irish actress, singer and television personality, formerly lead vocalist of The Nolans. Bernie Nolan was the second youngest of siblings Anne, Brian, Denise, Maureen, Tommy, Linda and Coleen Nolan.
Before the Nolan sisters became well-known, Bernie and her sisters, parents, and brothers performed in clubs and pubs in Blackpool. As a group of five sisters they had hits that including I'm in the Mood for Dancing (their biggest hit), and Attention to Me. The Nolans sold millions of recordings worldwide, particularly in Japan where they sold over nine million albums. Bernie also composed songs during this time, when she wrote two tracks for their 1982 album Portrait.
Nolan first acted as a cast member on the BBC Saturday morning children's show On the Waterfront. Critics positively reviewed her gift for comedy. The Nolan sisters and their music were a running gag on the show, and she was joined by her sisters for a musical performance during at least one episode. Nolan left the group in 1994 to concentrate on her own acting career, which began with her 1993 performance in the stage play The Devil Rides Out.
In 2000, Nolan joined the cast of Channel 4's soap opera Brookside as Diane Murray after being noticed by Paul Marquess whilst starring in the play Blood Brothers. She left in 2002 to play Sheelagh Murphy in ITV's police drama series The Bill.
In 2006, Nolan took part in Channel 4's series The Games, ranking last in the females category. Her stint on the game was to raise money for charity, including Alzheimer's and children's charities. In 2007, Nolan starred in the play Mum's the Word, and was lined up to star in the Iceland adverts for the summer with her younger sister Coleen. During summer season she appeared at the Blackpool North Pier Theatre in her own production, Soap Queens (And Kings!). In January and February 2010, Nolan participated in the ITV celebrity reality television programme Popstar to Operastar. She lost to Darius Campbell in the final, having been the favourite to win.
It was revealed on 23 April 2010 that Nolan was suffering from breast cancer, which spread to her lymph nodes. In October 2010, she stated that she was cancer-free after having undergone chemotherapy and a mastectomy. In February 2012, she announced that she was no longer taking cancer treatment drugs, and was completely free of cancer. At the end of October 2012, Bernie announced that the cancer had returned and was incurable. It had metastasised to her brain, lungs, liver and bones. Anne and Linda Nolan suffered from the disease in 2000 and 2006 respectively; both recovered.
Nolan died from cancer in her sleep, at her home in Surrey on 4 July 2013, aged 52