I'm in the Mood for Dancing singer Bernie Nolan has died at the age of 52, following a battle with breast cancer.

The former lead singer of The Nolans was diagnosed with cancer for the second time last year after previously beating breast cancer in 2010.

A spokesperson 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."

She moved into television playing hairdresser Diane Murray in Brookside from 2000-2002 and joining ITV's police drama The Bill in 2003, as Sergeant Sheelagh Murphy.

Nolan released her autobiography, Now And Forever, earlier this year which topped the best-sellers chart.

Bernie is survived by her husband Steve Doneathy and daughter Erin, 14.