Star Wars beauty Natalie Portman has found a great advantage to being short - very few fans manage to spot her in public.

The Israeli-born actress, 22, stands at just over one and a half metres tall (five foot, three inches), which she uses to her advantage when she wants to blend into crowds.

She says, "I think people usually don't recognise me because I'm little. If you're like Uma Thurman and you're tall and blonde, you walk into a room and everyone looks at you anyway. But I'm little and I can sort of manoeuvre.

"The first thing people always say to me is, 'You're so much shorter in person.' I'm like, 'That's really nice and friendly!'"

22/12/2003 09:06