Billy Elliot dancer killed in Herne Hill bus crash

Charlotte Leatherbarrow
Image caption Charlotte Leatherbarrow played the part of a young ballerina in the show

A 12-year-old dancer who was hit and killed by a bus had appeared in the hit West End musical Billy Elliot.

Charlotte Leatherbarrow's family said she was "living her dream" having played the part of a young ballerina in the long-running stage production.

A spokesman for show said the cast, crew and production team were devastated to hear the tragic news.

Charlotte was crossing a road near her home in Herne Hill, south London, when she was knocked down on Thursday.

She was hit by a number 68 double-decker bus at the junction of Herne Hill and Gubyon Avenue at about 1845 GMT and died at the scene.

In a statement Charlotte's family described her as a "fun loving, thoughtful, caring and bubbly girl".

"She loved life and lived it to the full, already living her dream as a dancer," it said.

It added: "Each and every one of us will miss her enormously."

Billy Elliot The Musical, based on the hit film, tells the story of a boy's dream to realise his ambitions of becoming a dancer.

The children's dance captain on the show, Alan Bradshaw, paid tribute to the youngster on behalf of members of the cast and crew.

"Charlotte was the most adorable girl," he said.

"She was lively and energetic, had a wonderful smile and was an absolute pleasure to work with."

Police have appealed for witnesses who saw Charlotte in the moments before she was knocked down.

Officers also want information about the movements of the bus in the run-up to her death.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites