Stephen Fry has revealed he feels “self-conscious” venturing outside without his walking stick which he has been using since his recovery from a fall in September.

The voice of a generation is adored by millennials after he lent his soothing tone to the Harry Potter audiobooks, whilst others admire him for comedic roles in Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder.

Fry, 66, a comedian, presenter and all-round brain box fell off a stage following a lecture at the O2 arena and was subsequently taken to hospital.

Fry told Claudia Winkleman on her BBC Radio 2 programme that he is “now without a stick” following the accident, in which he broke multiple bones.

Speaking about the fall, he said: “I did my bow after delivering this lecture, turned to go off stage and didn’t realise that I was walking off a part of the stage where there was nothing.

“Six foot drop onto concrete.

“So I broke my right leg in a couple of places and my hip and my pelvis in four places and a bunch of ribs.

“I am now fine. I’m now without a stick, like Lazarus, I have cast aside my crutches and stick.”

Fry was given the controversial painkiller OxyContin to help him to move again during his recovery from a serious fall.

Fry was first offered the pills by a nurse when he arrived at hospital in Woolwich, south London, and was told they were OxyContin.

“I said, ‘What? That’s the highly addictive opioid drug that is basically behind the opioid crisis.’ So I said, ‘No, I don’t think I should have that.’”

Speaking on what it has been like to use a walking stick, Fry said: “More than helping you walk and being some support, (it) is a flag to everyone around.

“Six foot drop onto concrete"

“And I live in central London where, as you know, the pavements are absolutely packed, so people suddenly stop to take a picture of the lights and you get very nervous about bumping into people when it’s slidy and slippy, with a wet leaf on the pavement…

“Actually it’s been fine so far, but I kind of feel a bit self-conscious without the stick.”

Fry spoke about the treatment he received while he was in hospital and said a surgeon told him that if he did not take the painkillers he was prescribed he would be recovering for “months and months.”

According to the former QI host, the surgeon said: “‘For six or seven weeks you’ll lie without being able to move and what will happen to your muscles… they’ll be atrophied, and your recovery will be months and months and months.'”

Fry thanked the NHS on the radio show and said that the health service is “extraordinary”.