Bernie Nolan dies at the age of 52

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Performer Bernie Nolan has died at the age of 52.

Nolan, who appeared in TV series such as Brookside and on stage in productions including Blood Brothers, died following a long battle with breast cancer.

She was first diagnosed in 2010, and received an all-clear, before the disease returned again last year.

A spokesman for the family said: “Bernie passed away peacefully this morning with all of her family around her. The entire family are devastated to have lost beloved Bernie, a wonderful wife, adoring mother and loving sister; she is irreplaceable. They kindly ask people to respect their privacy at this difficult time.”

Nolan was the lead singer with The Nolans, but left the group in 1994 and focused on acting.

Her other stage credits included Chicago and Calendar Girls. A full obituary will appear in a later edition of The Stage.