By GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN
What a view! EastEnders star Sid Owen gives his fiancée Polly Parsons an admiring glance as they soak up the sun on a yacht in Dubai
With the sun blazing down on his back while his friends and family back home shiver in the freezing cold, it's no wonder Sid Owen can't wipe the grin off his face.
Then again, that might have something to do with his sexy semi-naked fiancée who can't keep her hands off him.
The EastEnders actor, 39, looked mighty pleased with himself as Polly Parsons, 27, showed off her stunning figure in a cutaway swimsuit on board the yacht in Dubai.
Ironically, Sid's character in the soap, Ricky Butcher, has recently returned to Albert Square after a work stint in the United Arab Emirate.
But in real life, it was sun, sea and pure relaxation for the actor and his betrothed as they made the most of the winter sun during their stay at the luxury Le Royal Méridien hotel.
Sid and Polly, who met in 2006 when they starred in panto together, announced their engagement in August last year.
Yep, she's with me! Sid looked rather pleased with himself as Polly gave the cameras a cheeky shot of her pert derriere
Sid revealed that he proposed on holiday in Barbados last February.
In an interview with OK! magazine he explained: 'There was a raft out at sea which we'd swim out to.
'I didn't have a ring so I got this guy on the beach to make one out of beads in the reggae colours, as I love my reggae, and I put that in my back pocket and we swam out there and I proposed.'
Playful: Polly threw herself on her fiancé and laughed as she straddled him
Not exactly putting up a fight: Sid seemed rather content with the position he was in
'It was really romantic,' Polly added.
But their relationship has not been without its ups and downs and in 2008, the couple were photographed fighting in the street outside Essex nightclub Faces after it was claimed a female fan shouted 'Rickay' at him.
'Rickay' is the catchphrase of Sid's on-screen partner Bianca Butcher, played by Patsy Palmer.
That's some view you've got there! Sid Owen gives his stunning fiancée some admiring glances as they laze on a yacht
Hope you've got on plenty of sunscreen: Sid and Polly didn't want to move from their spot on the boat
Sid, who turns 40 next month, returned from his holiday last week and straight back to work.
But he wasn't heading for Walford, but the shingle beaches of East Sussex, Hastings to be precise, where he started a run in panto at the seaside town's White Rock Theatre on Saturday until New Year's Eve.
Time for a break: The pair eventually get up and head for the shade
Cooling off: Sid took some shade and showed off his impressive physique