Steve Carell to host ‘Saturday Night Live’

Steve Carell –Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

Steve Carell will return to host “Saturday Night Live’’ on Nov. 17, the official “SNL’’ Twitter account announced Wednesday. He will be joined by musical guest Ella Mai, an up-and-coming British singer and songwriter.

Best known for his work in comedy (“The Office,’’ “Anchorman,’’ “Despicable Me’’), Carell has recently starred in a number of dramatic films. He’s currently promoting “Beautiful Boy,’’ based on a true story, in which he plays a father struggling to help his son (portrayed by Timothée Chalamet) overcome drug and alcohol addiction.

Carell, an Acton native, was back in town in September to talk about the film. He told the Globe that he spends holidays and summers in Massachusetts, and hopes to spend half his time here “within the next few years.’’

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This will be Carell’s third time hosting “SNL,’’ with memorable performances in 2005 and 2008.