Movie actress Kate Beckinsale is considering wearing a burqa - a garment worn by some Muslim women to conceal the entire body - to avoid being hassled in Hollywood.

The Van Helsing and AVIATOR star is convinced that a non-religious version of the gown would be the perfect way to avoid being bombarded by fans whenever she is out and about.

She says, "I could cause all kinds of havoc in a burqa. Times like this, it would be so handy to be a Saudi!

"Actually I'm surprised there aren't more celebrities in burqas. You wouldn't have to work out. You could let yourself go.

"We should design a non-religious celebrity burqa with a floral print."