Bestival 'murder victim' named as Louella Michie, daughter of ex-Coronation Street star John Michie

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A young woman found dead in woods at the Bestival music festival has been named as the daughter of a former Coronation Street actor.

John Michie, who also starred in Taggart and currently has a role in Holby City, confirmed the “tragic death” of Louella Michie, 25, at the Dorset festival in the early hours of Monday.

A 28-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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

Former Coronation Street star John Michie, who currently stars in Holby City (PA)

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

Police at the four-day music festival were alerted just before 1am on Monday to concerns for the welfare of Miss Michie, from London.

Officers carried out a search and discovered the body on the edge of the festival site in Lulworth.

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, which was posted on the festival’s Facebook page.

Dorset Police said the 28-year-old man has been arrested “to enable officers to conduct an interview under caution to help establish the full circumstances”.

Miss Michie was not believed to have suffered any obvious physical injuries and police were trying to establish the cause of death.

Tens of thousands of people attended Bestival, which ran from Thursday to yesterday and was headlined by acts including the Pet Shop Boys and The XX.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire 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.

“Inquiries are now under way to establish how she died.

Miss Michie was found dead at Bestival in the early hours of Monday morning (Getty Images)

“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.”

Michie, 66, played Karl Munro in Coronation Street from 2011 to 2013, having previously starred as Detective Inspector Robbie Ross in drama series Taggart from 1998 to 2010.

He currently plays neurosurgeon Guy Self in BBC medical drama Holby City.

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

The line-up this year included The XX, Dizzee Rascal, Rag’n’Bone Man, Pet Shop Boys, Wiley and Laura Mvula.


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