Johnny Depp is to make a cameo appearance in Family Guy.

The Dark Shadows actor will return to his title role from 1990 movie Edward Scissorhands for a "brief gag" in the adult animation. In other words, one of those cutaways they do every 15 seconds. 

The 49-year-old star - who recently confirmed he had split with long-term partner Vanessa Paradis after 14 years together - initially struggled to get back into character but found inspiration by watching clips from the film.

Family Guy executive producer Mark Hentemann told Entertainment Weekly: "When he 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. [But] he was able to snap right back into Edward Scissorhands once we pulled up a clip from the movie."

Johnny impressed everyone involved in the show with his performance - particularly the laydeeeeez. Mark added: "He was amazing - and demonstrated extraordinary patience with all the fawning women in our office who swarmed him."

Though it is not clear when Johnny's "brief" appearance will broadcast, the new series of Family Guy returns to US TV on September 30th. Keep an eye on FX UK.

In the meantime, let your mind wander. I bet Meg and "personal grooming" is involved in some way.