The actress and former Bond girl Jane Seymour says that she named her youngest son after Johnny Cash and that the country legend once said he felt “healed” by the child when he was feeling particularly ill in his dying days.

“We named our boy Johnny after Johnny Cash and he used to hang around with Johnny Cash a lot,” Seymour (60) told the RTÉ Guide. “We have the most amazing footage of little Johnny sitting on big Johnny’s lap for about 45 minutes and he played him his comeback album before it had been finished.

“In the footage, they’re hugging and holding each other and Johnny Cash turned to me and my husband and said, `that boy just ministered to me – I was in a lot of pain physically and emotionally and that little boy made something just come over me.'”

Seymour, a mother of six, and her husband, director James Keach, first met Cash when he asked could he appear on Seymour’s hit show Dr Quinn Medicine Woman. “This was at a time in his career when nobody cared about him anymore,” she says. “Johnny came in and did an episode and my husband James directed him and Johnny, and his wife June, James and I became very close friends.

"Johnny said to James, 'one day someone is going to make the story of my life and I don’t trust anybody to do it but you.' Eleven years later, James made Walk The Line."

Seymour is in Dublin today with her son Johnny (15) as his band, Plead The Fifth, play support to classic American rockers Cheap Trick in Dublin’s Olympia tonight.