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Overview (4)

Born in Dublin, Ireland
Died in Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK  (metastasized breast cancer)
Birth NameBernadette Therese Nolan
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The instantly recognisable and distinctive voice of Bernie Nolan is for many people, the unmistakable 'sound' of The Nolans group. Bernie performed lead vocals on many of their hit singles including the cult hit record 'I'm in the Mood for Dancing'. One of the best rock singers in the UK over the last 20 years, Bernie Nolan's solo career has been just as successful as her time with the incredible Nolan family who have entertained audiences worldwide for the last three decades. Bernie appeared on the Tv show Cheggars Plays Pop as a team captain on several occasions whilst still a member of The Nolans before leaving the act in 1994 and one of her first solo projects was co-presenting a children's television show called On The Waterfront. In 1993 Bernie had starred at The Neptune Theatre, Liverpool in a musical adaptation of Dennis Wheatley's classical tale of the occult, The Devil Rides Out, her first acting role. Since then Bernie's solo career has gone from strength to strength and she became the first of three Nolan sisters to portray Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers both on tour and in The West End of London. After watching Bernie's wonderful portrayal of Mrs Johnstone in Liverpool, the casting directors of the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside approached her and asked her to audition for their show. Bernie was immediately cast in the role of hairdresser Diane Murray, a character that has gone on to be much loved by many viewers. In October 2002 Bernie left to join The Bill, playing the role of Sergeant Sheelagh Murphy. Still the best female rock vocalist in the UK, Bernie's transition from pop star to actress has been a successful one. The biggest compliment I can pay her is that fans of The Nolans now see her as Diane and not Bernie when watching the show. She's always had a great determination to do her best and allied with a sharp wit and wonderful sense of humour, Bernie Nolan is a real dynamo with more than her fair share of talent... but doesn't she use it well?

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pete Molloy / nolansisters@aol.com

Spouse (1)

Steve Doneathy (25 May 1996 - 4 July 2013) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (11)

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 37, a stillborn daughter Kate Doneathy in May 1998. Child's father is her husband, Steve Doneathy.
Her husband Steve wrote the song "Better Place" in memory of their daughter, and also gave their 2nd daughter Erin her name as a middle name.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 38, a daughter Erin Kate Doneathy on 26 April 1999. Child's father is her husband, Steve Doneathy.
Delivered her daughter Erin via emergency Caesarean section after the umbilical cord became wrapped around the baby's neck.
Was 5 months pregnant with her daughter Erin when she took maternity leave from performing in "Blood Brothers" on stage.
Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her daughter Erin in order to resume performing in "Blood Brothers" on stage.
Announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and would undergo a mastectomy as it has spread to her lymph nodes (23 April 2010).
Was originally scheduled to play Cora in the UK tour of "Calendar Girls" from October to December 2010 but was replaced by Michelle Collins following her breast cancer diagnosis, instead deciding to participate in the tour at a later date in January 2011.
Her favourite actress was Katharine Hepburn.
Recently joined the cast of ITV's Police drama, _"Bill, The" (1983)_. [November 2002]

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