Holby City actor John Michie made 130-mile drive to site where daughter Louella was found dead at Bestival

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Detectives have been given extra time to question the boyfriend of the daughter of Holby City actor John Michie who was found dead at the Bestival music festival.

The body of Louella Michie, 25, was discovered in woodlands on the edge of the festival site in Lulworth, Dorset at 1am yesterday following a police search.

She had been due to celebrate her 25th birthday the same day.

The Holby City star and his wife Carol, a former member of the Hot Gossip dance troupe, dashed the 130 miles to the scene from their north London home after receiving a panicked call from her boyfriend with a WhatsApp map pinpointing the spot where their daughter lay.

Ms Michie’s 28-year-old boyfriend was arrested on suspicion of murder to allow police to “establish the full circumstances” of her death.

Louella Michie was found dead at a wooded area at the edge of the Bestival site in Lulworth, Dorset

The 60-year-old actor has paid tribute to his “beautiful” daughter but indicated the family did not believe she had been murdered but died in a “tragic accident.”

Skins and Pirates of the Caribbean actress Kaya Scodelario also paid tribute.

Jamie Jamieson, understood to be in a relationship with Ms Michie’s sister Daisy, told friends online: “The Michie family do not believe this was murder in any way, contrary to the suggestions in certain tabloid news outlets. John and Carol Michie have asked me to post this. Please share.”

Former Coronation Street star John Michie raced to the site of the festival after learning of her death (PA)

The results of a post-mortem examination into the cause of death were due to be released later today. Her death is being treated as “unexplained.”

The model and trained dancer graduated from a course in musical theatre at the Tiffany Theatre College in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, in 2012. 

She modelled for London clothing brand Nympha and fitness company House of Voga and starred in a hip hop dance video on YouTube.

She was one of Mr Michie’s and his daughter Carol Fletcher’s three children.

Actress Ms Scodelario said: “My love and thoughts go out to The Michie family. Louella was such a beautiful girl inside and out. Always smiling and kind to me in school.”

Another friend Luis Elkes said: “Seeing my beautiful friend on the front of every national newspaper in the country takes my breath away and is a reminder that life can be short. Louella Michie I love you, you are truly one in a million and I feel privileged to call you my friend.”

Natasha Tiamaria-Kimberley Richardson wrote: “Louella Michie you were a ray of extraordinary sunshine. Vogueing with you was a dream. May your giggle, braided dreads and love for this world and life itself live on. My god you’re going to be missed.”

Ms Michie studied at the Tiffany Theatre College in Essex and had recently been working as a model and dancer for the House of Voga and also taught yoga. 

Her father, who plays Holby CEO Guy Self and also appeared in Coronation Street, was not available to comment at the family home in Holloway this morning.

A family friend said: “He just wants to make it clear there is no suggestion of murder. He also wants to say she was a happy vibrant girl and it’s just an accident and he is clear about that, the whole family are clear about that.

“She never really did drugs. It’s just an accident. They are too cut up to talk at the moment.”

Friend Robyn Adams, 27, today said: “She was a fantastic dancer with a big bubbly personality and star qualities.

“She was a great talented kid with exceptional potential who was kind-hearted, independent and loved dearly.

“She wanted to create her own dance group and would have done so; she would have been incredible at it.”

An estimated 30,000 people attended Bestival, with a weekend ticket costing £195. 

The line-up including the xx, the Pet Shop Boys, Dizzee Rascal, Rag’n’Bone Man and Laura Mvula.


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