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Bernadette Nolan
Born Bernadette Therese Nolan
17 October 1960 (1960-10-17) (age 49)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actress, singer, entertainer
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Steve Donearthy (m. 1996–present) «start: (1996)»"Marriage: Steve Donearthy to Bernadette Nolan" Location: (linkback:

Bernadette Therese "Bernie" Nolan (born 17 October 1960 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish Actress, singer and entertainer and formerly Lead Vocalist of The Nolans. Her parents are Tommy and Maureen Nolan. Her siblings are Anne Nolan, Brian Nolan, Denise Nolan, Maureen Nolan, Tommy Nolan, Linda Nolan, Coleen Nolan.She is the second youngest and is 5ft 1in tall with blue eyes and blonde hair.

She was raised in Blackpool, England after her family re-located there in 1962 which is where the Nolans began.


Early career

Before The Nolan sisters became household names her and her sisters, parents and brothers would perform in cubs and pubs in Blackpool She originally found fame in a pop group which included her five sisters and they had hits such as "I'm in the Mood for Dancing" (their biggest hit), "Don't Make Waves", "Attention to Me" and "Gotta Pull Myself Together". The Nolans sold millions of records worldwide, particularly in Japan where they sold over 9 million albums. Nolan also turned her hand to songwriting during this time when she wrote two tracks for their 1982 album Portrait.


She first acted as a cast member on the BBC Saturday morning children's show On the Waterfront (TV series). Critics were pleasantly surprised at her gift for comedy and sending herself up. 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.

She left the group in 1994 to concentrate on her own acting career, which had begun with her 1993 performance in the stage play The Devil Rides Out.

In 2000 she joined the cast of Channel 4's soap opera Brookside, 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. Her character Sheelagh had an affair with Des Taviner, their baby daughter then died and Des, who had killed six fellow officers, was beaten to death in custody. Other traumas included finding out that her son was gay and behind several 'homophobic' attacks. Although Bernie left The Bill in 2005 the door was left open, for a return, due to her character's enduring popularity.

In 2006 she took part in Channel 4's series The Games, arriving last in the females category. However, rumours abound that she may have actually come fourth and was only ranked last due to a scoring error. Her stint on the game was to raise money for charity, including Alzheimer's and children's charities. Her latest theatre role will be in the 2009 Manchester Opera House pantomime Cinderella, in which she will play the fairy Godmother.

In 2007, Bernie 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!).[1]

Bernie is currently starring in Flashdance The Musical opening in Plymouth's Theatre Royal this July, as Hannah Owens alongside Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Noel Sullivan and Bruno Langley.

In January and February 2010 Nolan participated in the British ITV1 celebrity reality television programme Popstar to Operastar. She lost against Darius Danesh in the final show, having been the favourite to win.

Return to Singing

In 2005, Nolan released her debut solo album All By Myself. The album was then re-released towards the end of 2006. The album consists mainly of power ballads, including the song Better Place, written by Bernie's husband in memory of their stillborn daughter, Kate.

Personal life

Bernie is married to Steve Doneathy who she has been with since 1993, a drummer, and they have one daughter, Erin Kate, born on the 26th April 1999. She released the single Macushla in 2004 with the proceeds going to charity, as her own daughter Kate was stillborn. On this Lorraine Kelly wrote: "I wouldn't have expected anything else from one of the hardest working women in showbiz".


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