Kate Beckinsale receives 'unsettling' gift of pet rabbit left on doorstep

Kate Beckinsale was shocked to open her front door and find she had been sent a pet rabbit by an anonymous admirer.

The 47-year-old Underworld actress – who lives in Los Angeles – shared a video on her Instagram stories showing her confusion and discomfort at finding an adult bunny in a cage had been delivered to her front door, along with a basket of rabbit food and rose petals.

A note revealed the rabbit’s name to be Marvel, after the comic book franchise.

Beckinsale told the male companion filming her: “There was more than this outside! Why have we got an adult rabbit? What the f**k is going on? Marvel might bite me!”

Kate Beckinsale arrives at the 2020 Producers Guild Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Kate Beckinsale was rather disturbed to find a pet rabbit left on her doorstep by an anonymous admirer. (AP)

Animal-lover Beckinsale already owns a menagerie of cats and dogs and later revealed to her 4.3 million followers she has had to rehome the rabbit.

Beckinsale criticised the sender for leaving the animal outside on a “boiling hot day where it could have been left outside to roast to death”.

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She added: “We have found a loving home for Marvel without cats but it was quite a shock and I think pretty unsettling for Marvel too.

“Appreciate so much the good wishes but please please don’t send anyone an animal as a present or a joke or really at all.”

(L-R) Len Wiseman, Kate Beckinsale and Lily Mo Sheen are seen on July 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Animal lover Kate Beckinsale has several cats and dogs. (Getty Images)

The British actress has two Persian cats – Clive, who is very old and a cancer survivor, and Willow, two – who often feature on her Instagram account, as well as two lapdogs named Ingrid and Myf.

Beckinsale, who has lived in Hollywood for over a decade, is currently dating 23-year-old singer Goody Grace, believed to be the male off-camera voice in the video.

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The daughter of the late Porridge star Richard Beckinsale split from 26-year-old comedian Pete Davidson in April 2019 after a three-month romance.

Prior to that she dated another stand-up comic Matt Rife, 24, for about a year in 2017.

Beckinsale was previously married to Underworld director Len Wiseman from 2004 to 2015. Before that she was in a relationship with Good Omens star Michael Sheen for eight years. They split in 2003 but have remained friends and have a 20-year-old daughter Lily.