Renee Zellweger is so terrified of airport security guards handling her underwear she sends it home by courier.

The actress, who is famed for wearing big knickers in Bridget Jones's Diary, says she is quite often stopped by officials when she is flying because she's famous but can't bear the thought of them going through her underwear collection.

She said: "They always choose to go through my stuff. They check out my phone book and then all my clothes. But I can't bear the idea of them checking out my smalls in front of me.

"So I send those to my home by Fed Ex and collect all these boxes of used knickers when I get back."