'House' star Hugh Laurie has signed a record deal and will make a New Orleans Blues album this autumn.

Fans of 'House' have seen Laurie's character playing guitar and piano.

The actor also appeared on Meat Loaf's most recent album and is a member of the charity group Band from TV.

Laurie will record the album with acclaimed producer and musician Joe Henry and it will be released on Warner label WME.

The 51-year-old said: "I am drunk with excitement at this opportunity.

"I know the history of actors making music is a chequered one, but I promise no one will get hurt.

"I am particularly thrilled to be working with Joe Henry, who has produced some of my favourite records of all time, and I can't wait to get started."

Henry said: "All musicians are actors to begin with - our jobs being to embody characters and articulate stories for three and four minutes at a time.

"I've been a great fan of Hugh's work on screen, and believe purely that he is investing the same wit, intelligence and emotional generosity into his music."