Writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry has unveiled a Blue Plaque at the birthplace of one of his literary heroes.

The plaque on a house in Wimbledon, south-west London, celebrates the life and career of historical novelist Georgette Heyer.

Ms Heyer, who died in 1974, was best known for her romantic novels set in 18th century England which sold in their millions.

Fry, himself a best-selling novelist, became a fan of her books during his schooldays.

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Stephen Fry at the birthplace of Georgette Heyer in Wimbledon (Lauren Hurley/PA)

He said: “She is a fabulous, witty writer who captured the life and language of Regency England superbly. I am delighted to see her honoured with an English Heritage Blue Plaque.”

Her biographer Dr Jennifer Kloester, who proposed Ms Heyer should receive the plaque, said she was “a perceptive and witty writer”.

Dr Kloester said: “With her Regency novels she created a genre and her readers return to her books time and again for their memorable characters, clever plots and humorous dialogue.

“Though often self-deprecating, Georgette Heyer actually loved writing and would have been thrilled at being accorded the honour of a Blue Plaque.”