'Sewing for Bestival': Coronation Street star John Michie's heartbreaking photo of daughter days before tragic death at festival

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Holby City and Coronation Street star John Michie posted a heartbreaking photo of his daughter “sewing for Bestival” just days before her tragic death at the music event.

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder after Louella Michie, 25, was found dead in woodland at the Dorset festival in the early hours of Monday.

Five days earlier Michie shared a tragic snap on Instagram of his daughter, a professional dancer, making an outfit for the weekend away.

In the black and white photo, she is seen sewing a garment she was set to wear at the four-day event.

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.”

The 60-year-old actor is best known for his former roles in Taggart, Coronation Street and Holby City.

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.”

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.

Dorset Police’s Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire said: “Following the discovery of the woman’s body we have now launched an investigation into her death.”

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

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