Bernie Nolan


Bernie Nolan was a great supporter of VIAM, right up until her untimely death in 2013. She will always be sadly missed.

There is nothing more precious in life than a child. What better gift can you give it than a loving home and family. A chance, hope and peace. This evening alone could change the life of a tiny being. Forever. My love goes out to all the wonderful people who give these beautiful little children a chance for happiness, and to the children themselves, who deserve all the good things that life can bring. Have a wonderful and successful evening ”    –Bernie Nolan

Bernie Nolan  was an Irish born actress, singer and television personality, formerly lead vocalist of the girl group The Nolans. She was the second youngest of sisters Anne, Denise, Maureen, Linda and Coleen Nolan. From the age of two, she was raised in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.

The Nolans began in 1974 and went on to have seven UK Top 20 hits, including “I’m in the Mood for Dancing” (1979), “Gotta Pull Myself Together” (1980) and “Attention to Me” (1981). They won the 1981 Tokyo Music Festival with “Sexy Music”. She left the group in 1995 to become an actress.

On television, she had roles in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside from 2000–02 and the ITV police drama The Bill from 2002–05. while her numerous roles in stage musicals included Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers (1998-2000), Hannah Owens in Flashdance: The Musical (2008–09) and Mama Morton in Chicago (2012). She was also a member of the Nolans line-up that reformed for a successful tour of the UK and Ireland in 2009. Bernie sadly died from breast cancer in July 2013.