Emma Watson relieved after kidnapping plot dismissed

Rumours circulate on set of star's new movie

Emma Watson Fearful on "Beauty and The Beast' Set Over Kidnapping Rumor
Emma Watson is breathing easier this morning after learning she was not the subject of a kidnapping plot.

The Harry Potter star was on set filming her new movie The Beauty and the Beast when rumours began to circulate there could be a sinister plan to have her kidnapped.

Film bosses were allegedly alerted after two studio workers were overheard planning to either kidnap or rob the actress at Shepperton Studios near London.

A taxi driver reportedly eavesdropped on their conversation and security was allegedly upped, with a guard permanently placed outside of the star's trailer, the Daily Mirror reports.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "There was concern about her safety. The taxi staff reported what had been overheard after a night shoot.

"They said the two studio staff travelling in the cab were chatting in a foreign language, unaware that the driver could understand every word."

But Surrey police confirmed the rumours were unsubstantiated.

Not the first security scare

This isn't the first time the 25-year-old - who shot to fame playing Hermione, the bookish love-interest of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise - has had a security scare.

In 2011 on the set of the biblical epic, Noah, filming had to halt after an obsessed fan of the actress broke onto the film's set.

The star recently said she was delighted to be playing lead role Belle in Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast and the movie is expected to hit cinemas in 2017.