A blue plaque has been unveiled in Raynes Park to mark the childhood home of actor Richard Briers CBE.
Mr Briers, who was best known for his roles in the sitcoms Good Life, The Other One and Monarch of the Glen, lived in a flat in Pepys Court, Worple Road with his parents between 1940 and 1947. He died in February 2013, aged 79.
The plaque, which was put up by the British Comedy Society, was unveiled by Mr Briers’ widow, Anne, and daughters Lucy and Katie on Sunday, November 1.
The ceremony was also attended by Sir Michael Gambon, who starred with him in The Other One, his Ever Decreasing Circles co-star Peter Egan and Mr Briers’ on-screen wife from Monarch of the Glen Susan Hampshire OBE.
Director of the British Comedy Society, Aaron Brown, said: “The family suggested putting the plaque in Raynes Park because it’s where he spent quite a big part of his formative years.
“The Rialto Cinema was just behind the house, and it played a big part in him falling in love with show business.
“It was somewhere he had told his daughters about, and taken them to see when they were younger. They knew it was somewhere that meant something to him.”
A reception was held at the Royal Oak in New Malden after the unveiling, where guests who had bought tickets had the chance to take part in an auction, which included signed books from Mr Briers’ personal collection and mini replicas of the blue plaque.
All proceeds from the event are being donated to the Actors’ Benevolent Fund, which supports members of the theatrical profession who need help due to accident, illness or old age.
Mr Briers was a keen supporter of the charity, which is run by his Good Life so-star Dame Penelope Keith.