LINDA NOLAN 23RD FEBRUARY 1959
Linda Nolan was an Irish singer and actress and best known for being in the singing group 'The Nolans' along with her sisters. There biggest and most fondly remembered hit being the classic 'Im in the Mood for Dancing' which topped the charts in 1980.
Away from performing with her sisters Linda was a regular on the theatre circuit and made over 1000 performances as Maggie May on Blackpool's Central Pier between 1986-1993. She also delighted audiences with her portrayal of the Governor of Wentworth Detention Centre in Prisoner Cell Block H The Musical when it toured the UK in 1996 & 1997. In the West End she took on the iconic role of Mrs. Johnstone at the Phoenix Theatre in London in the musical 'Blood Brothers'. a role she made her own during a 3 year stint and a role she would later take on tour around UK theatres.
On TV linda appeared as a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother in 2014 and appeared on such shows as Come Dine With Me, Top of the Pops, Blankety Blank and Pointless. Between 2007 - 2017 she made numerous guest appearances on ITVs Loose Women .
Linda met Brian Hudson, the love of her life, in 1979 and they married in 1981. He was the Nolans' tour manager until 1983 and became his wife's manager after she left the group. They were happily married for 26 years until he lost his battle with skin cancer in 2007,
In 2006 Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer and he following year she was diagnosed with cellulitis in her arm. She would beat the disease and remained cancer free for 6 years (during which time she sadly lost her sister Bernie to breast cancer) until receiving some devastating and heartbreaking news in 2017. In March 2017, Linda collapsed and broke her hip at home whilst recovering from facial plastic surgery and it was during examination of her broken hip, she was diagnosed with an incurable but treatable form of secondary cancer near her hip.
1984/85 Cinderella - Coventry
1985/86 Aladdin - Civic Centre Halifax
1986/87 Cinderella - Fairfield Halls Croydon
1987/88 Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood - Darlington Civic
Feb 1988 - The above production moved to The Grand Theatre in Leeds for one week with the same cast
1988/89 Cinderella - Hawth Theatre, Crawley
1989/90 Jack and the Beanstalk - Grand Theatre Blackpool
1990/91 Dick Whittington - Wolverhampton Grand
1991/92 Cinderella - The Swansea Grand
1992/93 Jack and the Beanstalk - The Hexagon Reading
1993/94 Jack and the Beanstalk - Charter Theatre Preston
1994/95 Dick Whittington - Barnsley Civic
1997/98 Cinderella - Ashton Under Lyne Thameside Hippodrome
1998/99 Aladdin - Connaught Theatre, Worthing
2005/06 Snow White - Grand Opera House Belfast
2010/11 Snow White - Connaught Theatre Worthing
2011/12 Jack and the Beanstalk - The Shaw Theatre London
2014/15 Jack and the Beanstalk - Theatre Royal St Helens
2016/17 Jack and the Beanstalk - Charter Theatre Preston
2019/20 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Princes Theatre, Clacton