John Cleese has signed a deal to publish an autobiography.

The Monty Python star has struck a deal with Random House to write his first memoir.

Cleese said of the book: "It’s the perfect moment to look back on my life in anticipation of the next 50 years."

The publisher said that the book "like the man himself, promises to be both hilariously frank and frankly hilarious."

The 72-year-old star, who recently married for the fourth time, has had a career in the entertainment industry that has spanned six decades, since finding success in the early 1960s as a TV comedy scriptwriter.

He went on to found Monty Python's Flying Circus team, and starred in the classic sitcom Fawlty Towers.

Cleese also starred in Hollywood movie A Fish Called Wanda and appeared in two James Bond films, first as R and then as Q.

He will work on his book – for which no publishing date has been announced - with the publishing director of Random House Books, Nigel Wilcockson.