13 JANUARY 2009

With temperatures in some parts of Britain plummeting to minus 11 last week it's hardly surprising that those who can have been escaping to sunnier climes.

David Walliams is among them. The Little Britain star has been spotted strolling the sands of Miami's South Beach with a striking brunette companion.

The pair sipped champagne companionably side by side on sun loungers before a paddle through the surf.

Unlikely to be suffering any post-Christmas blues, but still making the most of a break before they hit the road with the X Factor tour, are the show's winner Alexandra Burke and her fellow contestant and best pal Ruth Lorenzo.

The housemates, dressed in itsy bitsy bikinis, were clearly in high spirits as they sipped cocktails under the Mauritian sun and relaxed on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

Photo: Rex
David Walliams and his stunning companion sip champagne on Miami beach
Photo: Rex
While his lady friend soaked up the rays in a black bikini the comedian preferred to stay covered up in shorts and a T-shirt