Soap star's daughter killed at music festival

The daughter of former Coronation Street and Taggart star John Michie died at Bestival, his agent has confirmed.

A 28-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of Louella Michie, 25, at the Dorset music festival in the early hours of Monday morning.

Her body was found after both her parents reportedly rushed to the site after becoming concerned about her safety.

In a statement, Mr Michie's agent said: "Sadly I can confirm the tragic death of John Michie's daughter Louella at Bestival.

"John and his wife Carol ask that the privacy of their family be respected at this traumatic time."

Ms Michie's Facebook profile says she is a former student of Tiffany Theatre College in Essex and was based for a time in Miami Beach, Florida, although she is understood to have been living in London prior to her death.

Mr Michie is currently starring as surgeon Guy Self in long-running BBC drama Holby City and previously played Karl Munroe in Coronation Street between 2011-13.

In a statement, Bestival said: "Following today's news announcement, the team at Bestival are devastated to hear about this tragic news.

"We continue to support the police in their ongoing investigation and our thoughts and prayers are with all the woman's family and friends."

Festival founder Rob da Bank tweeted a link to the statement posted on the festival's Facebook page.


Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire said that enquiries were underway to establish how Ms Michie died, while specially trained officers were supporting her family.

"Following the discovery of the woman's body we have now launched an investigation into her death.

"A post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course and this should give us more of an indication as to the cause of her death.

"We are working closely with the festival organisers and I would appeal to anyone with any information about the incident to contact Dorset Police."

Last year, organisers announced Bestival would be moved from the Isle of Wight, where it was previously held, to the Dorset site.

Camp Bestival, which is aimed at families with children and takes place in July, is also held at the wooded country estate.


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