A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with the murder of teenage model Amy Leigh Barnes.

Ms Barnes was taken to hospital with stab wounds after police were called to her home in Farnworth, Bolton on Saturday.

The 19-year-old died as a result of her injuries.

Ricardo Morrison, formerly of Birmingham, is due to appear before Bolton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, Greater Manchester Police said.

The privately-educated teenager had worked on modelling assignments for Cosmopolitan and Nuts magazine and appeared in the teen drama Hollyoaks.

Friends and family paid tribute to the 19-year-old, who was described as having "a personality so bright it just shone through".

Premier League footballer Benni McCarthy said he was "devastated" by Amy Leigh's death.

In a statement issued by his club, the Blackburn Rovers striker said: "Amy Leigh was a friend of mine and I am obviously devastated to hear of this tragedy.

"My condolences go out to her family and friends at this sad and difficult time."

Footballers have also left comments on a Facebook tribute group to the model.

Oldham Athletic player Paul Black wrote "r.i.p. x", while West Bromwich Albion striker Ishmael Miller posted the message: "R.I.P. Amy Leigh."

After leaving Lords Independent School, where her mother Karyn had worked as an art teacher, Amy Leigh studied performing arts at Pendleton Sixth Form College in Salford.

Head of admissions Paul Brown said: "Amy Leigh had a bright future ahead of her. She was very enthusiastic, very keen and talented - somebody with a personality so bright it just shone through."

He added: "The whole body of staff and students are just shocked and deeply saddened. She was very popular, a very bright student. She made a memorable contribution during her time here."