Johnny Depp is set to make a cameo appearance in the new season of Family Guy as his famous film character Edward Scissorhands.

The actor will have a brief voiceover guest slot in a cutaway gag, producers of the Fox animated comedy have confirmed.

Family Guy executive Mark Hentermann told Entertainment Weekly: "When [Johnny] was in the booth, he said that he felt like he hadn't done that voice since he did it in front of the camera.

"He was able to snap right back into Edward Scissorhands once we pulled up a clip from the movie.

"He was amazing - and demonstrated extraordinary patience with all the fawning women in our office who swarmed him."

Previous guest stars on the show include Ricky Gervais, Mick Jagger, Robert Downey Jr and Kiefer Sutherland.

Family Guy returns for its eleventh season on September 30 on Fox in the US.