Bernie Nolan died today aged 52 after a long battle with cancer, her publicist confirmed.

As lead singer of the hit Irish girlband, The Nolans, Bernie toured the world with her siblings Linda, Anne, Maureen and Coleen before various line-up changes.

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Bernie with her Nolan sisters

The group were best known for their number one song 'I'm in the Mood For Dancing' but also had hits with 'Don't Make Waves', 'Who's Gonna Rock You', 'Gotta Pull Myself Together' and 'Attention To Me' from their 1980 album 'Making Waves'.

The sisters also gained prominence as guest performers on numerous television shows and were incredibly popular in Japan.

In 1995, longstanding lead singer Bernie left to pursue an acting career and notably appeared in 'Brookside' and 'The Bill'. But in 2009, The Nolans reformed for a one-off concert tour in Ireland and in the UK, spawning an album and DVD.

Re-live some of their best performances in the video below...

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  • Bernie Nolan death

    File photo dated 06/09/10 of Bernie Nolan who died today aged 52 after a long battle with cancer, her publicist confirmed.

  • Bernie Nolan death

    File photo dated 25/05/77 of The Nolan Sisters (top) Linda and Bernadette 'Bernie' and (bottom l-r) Anne, Maureen and Denise as singer and actress Bernie Nolan died today aged 52 after a long battle with cancer, her publicist confirmed.

  • Bernie Nolan death

    File photo dated 08/11083 of The Nolans as singer and actress Bernie Nolan (centre) died today aged 52 after a long battle with cancer, her publicist confirmed.

  • Bernie Nolan death

    File photo dated 04/0/04 of Bernie Nolan who has died today aged 52 after a long battle with cancer, her publicist confirmed.

  • Music - The Nolans - Anne's Wedding - Blackpool

    The Nolan Sisters sing 'It's Only Just Begun' for their sister Anne and her bridegroom Blackpool footballer Brian Wilson, following their wedding at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Blackpool. The singing bridesmaids are (l-r) Linda, Maureen, Denise, Coleen and Bernadette 'Bernie'.

  • Music - The Nolans Sisters - London

    Irish girl group The Nolan Sisters (top left, clockwise) Denise, 24, Maureen, 21, Linda, 17, Anne, 24 and Bernadette 'Bernie', 16.

  • Music - The Nolans - Anne's Wedding - Blackpool

    The Nolan Sisters sing 'It's Only Just Begun' for their sister Anne and her bridegroom Blackpool footballer Brian Wilson, following their wedding at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Blackpool. The singing bridesmaids are (l-r) Linda, 20, Coleen, 14, Maureen, 25, Bernadette 'Bernie', 18 and Denise, 27.

  • Music - The Nolans - Milkman Award - London

    The Nolan Sisters present Eric Reading from Northampton with the National Dairy Council's Milkman of the Year Award. (top l-r) Bernadette 'Bernie', Coleen and Anne. (front) Linda (l) and Maureen (r).

  • Entertainment - The Nolans

    Anglo-Irish pop group The Nolans. Clockwise, Maureen Nolan, Bernie Nolan, Coleen Nolan and Linda Nolan.

  • Theatre - Cannon and Ball Summer Season - Bournemouth

    Comedy duo Tommy Cannon, left, and Bobby Ball getting to grips with their special guests, The Nolans, for their summer season at Bournemouth. From left to right; Bernie Nolan, Tommy Cannon, Coleen Nolan, Maureen Nolan, Bobby Ball and Anne Nolan.

  • Dance - Carl Alan Awards - Lyceum Ballroom

    The Nolan Sisters arrive at the Lyceum Ballroom in London when they were presented with a special award by Princess Anne at the Carl-Alan Awards ceremony. Left to right; Linda Nolan, Coleen Nolan, Bernie Nolan, Maureen Nolan and Anne Nolan.

  • Music - The Nolan sisters - 1980

    The Nolan Sisters, left to right, Coleen, Linda, Maureen and Bernadette.

  • Entertainment - The Nolans

    Anglo-Irish pop group The Nolans, left to right, Maureen Nolan, Coleen Nolan, Linda Nolan, and Bernie Nolan.

  • Music - The Nolan Sisters - New Bond Street

    The Nolan Sisters at a New Bond Street record store to autograph sleeves of their discs for fans. From left to right; Bernie Nolan, Anne Nolan, Denise Nolan, Maureen Nolan and Linda Nolan.

  • Breast Cancer Care 2011 Fashion Show

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Linda Nolan and Bernie Nolan arrive for the evening Breast Cancer Care's London fashion show at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 5, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images for Breast Cancer Care)

  • Breast Cancer Care 2011 Fashion Show

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Bernie Nolan arrives for the evening Breast Cancer Care's London fashion show at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 5, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images for Breast Cancer Care)

  • TV Choice Awards - London

    Bernie Nolan arriving for the 2011 TV Choice Awards at The Savoy, Strand, London.

  • The Sun Military Awards - London

    Bernie Nolan arrives at A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards, at the Imperial War Museum, in Kennington, south London.

  • Pride of Britain Awards - Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 08: Bernie Nolan arrives for the Pride of Britain Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on November 8, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

  • TV Choice Awards - Arrivals - London

    Bernie Nolan arriving for the 2010 TV Choice awards at the Dorchester Hotel, London.

  • An Audience With Michael Buble - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 03: (L-R) Linda Nolan, Maureen Nolan and Bernie Nolan attend an Audience With Michael Buble at the London ITV Studios on May 3, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

  • Planet Hollywood Mothers' Day Brunch - London

    Bernie Nolan and her daughter Erin arrive at the Planet Hollywood Mothers' Day Brunch in London.

  • Entertainment - The Nolan Sisters

    Anglo-Irish pop group The Nolan Sisters, left to right, Anne Nolan, Linda Nolan, Maureen Nolan (crouching), Coleen Nolan (standing), Bernie Nolan, and Denise Nolan.

  • 'Popstar to Operstar' press launch - London

    Bernie Nolan arrives for the press launch of ITV 1's Popstar to Operastar at Sarastro Restaurant on Drury Lane, central London.

  • SHOWBIZ The Games

    (Left to Right) Michelle Gayle, Javine Hylton, Bernie Nolan, Ebony, Amanda Lamb and Julia Goldsworthy MP during a photocall for the new series of The Games from Channel 4, at The English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, Tuesday 7 March 2006. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Alistair Wilson/PA

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