While Britain shivered in the iciest weather for nearly two decades celebrities, like everyone else, found themselves turning into big kids, sledging, play fighting and building snowmen as the flakes swirled around them.

At Westminster to launch a numeracy initiative, Carol Vorderman had to duck when David Cameron lobbed a snowball her way. She laughed as the missile came flying towards her, later showing there were no hard feelings by helping the politician make a snowman.

After early interviews at GMTV and ITV, where she stepped in for other stars stranded at home, Lily Allen probably felt she could afford to have some fun. Armed with two tin trays as a makeshift sledge, the Smile singer whizzed down the hill in a park near her North London home.

At the ITV studio the vivacious performer had just left Fern Britton was presenting This Morning on her own. Her colleague Phillip Schofield was stuck at home in Oxfordshire, from where he sent photos of himself, rolling about in his back garden. "Oh no, marooned! Won't make This Morning, have given up," he posted on microblogging site Twitter.

Fearne Cotton did manage to make it to work, braving the cold outside the BAFTA headquarters in London in high heels and a mini dress to promote Sunday's red carpet gala.

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In Westminster to launch a numeracy scheme, maths whizz Carol narrowly misses a snowball coming her way from the hands of David Cameron
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Lily Allen made the most of the snowfall to go sledging near her house in North London
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This Morning's Phil Schofield didn't make it to work, instead sending in pictures of him larking about at his Oxfordshire home
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