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Former Coronation Street star John Michie’s daughter found dead at Bestival

The actor is heartbroken by the loss

Holby City star John Michie’s daughter, Louella, has been found dead at Bestival.

The 25-year-old’s body was found in the woods at the Dorset festival in the early hours of Monday September 11.

Although a 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder, the actor has since spoken out and insisted he believes it was just a “tragic accident”.

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John Michie’s daughter has been found dead (Credit: Seb /

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Reports say Michie and his wife, Carol, received a panicked call and a WhatsApp map from a friend of their daughter marking the spot where her body lay.

The couple drove from their North London home the 130 miles to the scene in Dorset and although they were initially refused entry, a search carried out in the woods found Louella’s body.

A statement released by the actor’s agent read: “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.”

Louella was 25 when she died (Credit: Facebook)

John has since told The Sun: “We’ve lost our angel.

“It’s not murder – they were friends. It was just a tragic mistake, a tragic accident.

“This was not a murder,” he added.

“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.”

John doesn’t believe his daughter’s death is suspicious (Credit: Facebook)

Dorset police were called to the festival site just before 1am on Monday as friends were concerned that Louella had vanished.

A source told The Sun: “Louella’s parents turned up after midnight. They had driven down from London after getting a pin with a GPS location from the guy she was with.

“There had already been reports of concern about the welfare of a woman but people had nowhere to look.”

They continued to say that when Louella’s body was found “she was fully clothed” and that a man was then “taken away and was speaking to the police.”

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John and his family are devastated by the news (Credit: Andy Barnes /

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The police have confirmed that the man was arrested “to enable officers to conduct an interview under caution to help establish the full circumstances.”

John starred in Coronation Street as Karl Munro from 2011 to 2013. He is also known for his role in Taggart, and is currently starring at CEO Guy Self in Holby City.

He has three children, Louella, Daisy and Sam.