Irish singer and actress Bernie Nolan has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Speaking to the News of the World the 49-year-old has said she now faces a mastectomy and chemotherapy saying "I'm going to kick this cancer's ass."

Bernie, who was born in Dublin, spent many years singing and touring with her sisters before moving into television where she starred in series such as 'Brookside' and 'The Bill'.

Most recently she took part in ITV’s reality TV show 'Pop Star to Opera Star'.

Speaking about her 10-year-old daughter, Nolan said "The best thing about having a child is I have the extra strength because I want to see her grow up and I have to be strong for her."

Two of her sisters, Anne and Linda, have already fought the disease.