Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet has revealed how she was left suffering from repetitive nightmares as a child after her family refused to listen to veterinary advice and her furry pet killed its offspring.

She explained to Empire magazine: "When I was a kid, one of our hamsters suddenly gave birth – we didn't even know she was pregnant. We phoned the pet shop and they said, 'Take the babies away – hamsters get very frightened after they've given birth and you don't want her to eat the babies.'

"We didn't listen and that's exactly what happened. This obviously affected me badly as I had a recurring dream about hamsters gobbling up their babies until I was about 15."

Kate is not the only Hollywood beauty to suffer from odd premonitions at bedtime.

The O.C. actress Rachel Bilson once wet herself after dreaming she was a performing hippopotamus.

She said: "When I was nine years old, I dreamt I was a hippo in a ballerina skirt, like the one in Fantasia. It got worse, because I had to pee in my dream and when I woke up I'd wet my bed. That's pretty embarrassing, right?"