A woman who died at Bestival has been identified as the daughter of Holby City and Coronation Street star, John Michie.
The actor’s agent confirmed Louella Michie, a 25-year-old dancer from London, had died at the Dorset music festival, after her body was discovered in a wooded area.
A 28-year-old man, also from London was detained on suspicion of murder, despite Louella’s father alleging the tragic death of his daughter was an ‘accident’.
Police were called to the site at 01:00 BST after the alarm was raised when Miss Michie disappeared shortly after the headline set by the Pet Shop Boys.
In a statement, 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.
Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire, of Dorset Police, said:
Following the discovery of the woman’s body we have now launched an investigation into her death.
We have specially trained officers supporting her family at this very difficult time.
Bestival organisers also released the following statement on social media:
A cordon remains in place at the festival site while forensic examinations are carried out.
This was the first year the four-day annual event was held at Dorset’s Lulworth Estate, where its sister festival Camp Bestival has been held since 2008.
Louella was the youngest daughter of John Michie – who also appeared in Casualty and Taggart – and his partner Carol Fletcher – who was a professional dancer.
John shared a photograph of Louella sewing a festival outfit the day before she travelled to Bestival, captioned:
Sewing for bestival.
Louella’s father told The Sun:
We’ve lost our angel. It’s not murder – they were friends. It was just a tragic mistake, a tragic accident.
She touched so many lives. She was so very positive, so bright, so out there. She had such energy.
The tributes to her have been incredible.
Anyone with information on the death is asked to contact Dorset Police at dorset.police.uk or at [email protected], or by calling 101, quoting incident number 11:36.
Alternatively, people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or call 101.
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