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Who Was Louella Michie? Daughter Of ‘Corrie’ Star John Confirmed As Woman Who Died At Bestival

'You are the most beautiful soul inside and out'.

11/09/2017 19:40 BST | Updated 12/09/2017 11:39 BST

The 25-year-old woman who died at Bestival last weekend was following her parents’ footsteps by carving out a successful career as a performer.

Louella Michie, daughter of ‘Corrie’ and ‘Holby City’ actor John Michie, was a professional part-time model and a dancer with extensive training.

Louella studied for three years at the Tiffany Theatre college, a dance school in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, according to an online résumé.

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Louella Michie, picture here in 2015, far right, besides her father John, left, and mother Carol, centre

She graduated in 2012 and took on previous unpaid speaking roles as an actor, while also taking work as a model, including paid commercial work.

In a profile, Louella’s trained dance styles were varied. They included ballet, bellydance, Bollywood, breakdancing, disco, and tango.

Her mother Carol was previously a performer in TV dance troupe Hot Gossip.

Louella was linked to a London-based Yoga and Dance outlet named House of Voga and was pictured on the brand’s Instagram account.

Photographs from a 2016 shoot in Shoreditch, east London, show Louella wearing an Arsenal shirt inscribed with the nickname ‘Lou Lou’.

In the photos, she jumps and laughs while showing off her extensive festival wristband collection.

A modelling agency tweeted its shock at the news on Monday.

Louella’s family are currently being helped by specially trained police officers.

In a statement, the agent of her father, John, 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.”

A 28-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of murder, to enable officers to conduct an interview under caution to help establish the full circumstances of her “tragic death”.

But the actor told The Sun he believed the incident was “a tragic accident”.

He said: “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.

“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.”

Friends of Louella have expressed their shock at the news of her death.

Joey Bethell wrote on Facebook: “Shocked! Another beaut taken before her time! RIP Louella Michie! Thoughts are with your family! Xxx”

Another friend, Robyn Adams wrote: “I’m completely and utterly devastated… Louella Michie  you are the most beautiful soul inside and out. You made me smile constantly... I can’t believe this has happened to you, I am sending a prayer out to you tonight for you and all your family. Rest in peace Louella, you were taken way too soon.”

Also taking to Facebook to express her shock was her friend, Monet Lawes. She wrote: “I can’t believe what I’ve read. Louella Michie you were truly the kindest soul and the most beautiful girl. Sending all my prayers to the family and everyone who knew her. It was an honour to have known you - Rest is Peace Beautiful girl.”