Photos of Dominic West and Lily James’ intimate outdoor lunch in Rome caused a stir – and left her ten-year marriage hanging in the air.
Now more photos have emerged that the actor’s wife might find just as difficult to digest.
The Daily Mail discovered a magazine that circulated four years ago that shows the couple are enjoying a long, tumultuous lunch.
Flirty: The Daily Mail discovered a magazine circulating four years ago that shows Dominic West and Lily James enjoying a long, tumultuous lunch
Newly dressed, they drink champagne, devour oysters and joke with silverware, then West serenades Miss James as she lays languidly on a grand piano.
Last month West, 51, and Miss James, 31, traveled to the Italian capital for a two-night stay at Hotel De La Ville.
In addition to meeting their mutual agent, they were seen sharing a scooter ride and in a clinch over lunch.
After returning to the UK, West’s wife Catherine FitzGerald insisted ‘we’re still together’, and the couple shared a kiss for media around the world outside their home in Chippenham , in Wiltshire.
Jokers: Dressed in new clothes, the two drink champagne, devour oysters and joke with silverware
Alluring: West serenades Miss James as she languidly poses on top of a grand piano
Stylish: Dominic played the keys while Lily sipped champagne
Fun times: the duo played with silverware during their boozy lunch
Lost in laughing: Lily couldn’t hide her joy as she laughed while Dominic played the piano
But reports have since emerged that the marriage is ‘almost over’, even though the couple were spotted running earlier this month.
Settling in to dinner at Claridge’s in Mayfair for the 2016 shoot, Miss James confessed: ‘I’ve been waiting five years for a date with Dominic. ”
She had met West when they starred in a theatrical production of Othello in 2011, and the biannual cultural title Luncheon magazine brought them together again for a regular feature film in which two celebrities pull the breeze over a meal.
At the time, Miss James was considered one of the most promising stars, having starred in the TBEN adaptation of War And Peace and Disney’s live-action version of Cinderella.
She had been in a relationship for two years with Doctor Who star Matt Smith.
Covering: Lily clung to her chest over her see-through black blouse as the duo shared a laugh
Dominic West’s “ Confession ”
A delivery driver claimed Dominic West confessed to him that he had been having an affair.
Matt Vessey, 36, was delivering a lawn mower to the home the actor shares with his landscaping wife when he was met by a wall of photographers.
The delivery guy said he asked West about the media presence at the rural property.
Mr Vessey told TBEN: ‘I’m like,’ What’s going on? ”. He said, ‘It’s a little serious … I had an affair’. One of West’s best-known roles is cheating author Noah Solloway in the HBO drama The Affair.
Mr Vessey added: “I said to him, ‘Man, I have no idea who you are’. All I had on my driver’s receipt was the name “Dominic”.
Scunthorpe’s driver later called his father to ask him why West had made the headlines. He also said the actor apologized to him for the press intrusion in his day.
Meanwhile, West was enjoying the worldwide success of HBO’s award-winning series The Affair, which was then gearing up for its third season.
And he had been married for six years to his aristocratic landscaper wife, with whom he has four children.
Miss James wore a sheer Erdem dress, before changing into a sequined dress, while West wore a Paul Smith tuxedo.
A source from filming said, “The atmosphere was great. They were constantly laughing and joking and seemed to get along very well.
Happy Lady: Lily laughed as Dominic serenaded her on the piano
“You wouldn’t have known it had been five years since they last saw each other – they seemed to be close friends.
The report reveals that they discussed a trip the West was to take with the TBEN to the Himalayas. Referring to the paraglider, the actress said: “Did you say you were going to jump off a sacred mountain?”
“Yes, it’s a Himalayan mountain and there is a holy man who lives there,” West replied. Miss James said “that’s cool”, before asking, “Can I come?”
West joked: ‘Yeah, that was our idea because the TBEN didn’t want us so they said,’ What about Lily James? ”
A serious moment: Although much of the shoot saw the pair with big smiles, they appeared to share a serious moment
Lunchtime: Aware that the cameras were capturing their lunch, the duo smiled as they returned to their meals
The actress said she ‘would do it on any job opportunity’ but could ‘ruin the mood’.
“Of course you wouldn’t spoil the mood,” West said, to which Miss James replied, “I could, if I wear that Erdem dress while jumping.”
She then suggested that their agent could join them on the trip.
Prior to the Rome incident, West and Miss James were filming the upcoming TBEN adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit Of Love, in which he plays his father.
The actress, single, declined to comment on her relationship with West.
Last week, Catherine FitzGerald, 49, wife of Dominic, spoke for the first time since the actor was pictured kissing and cuddling Lily James in Rome last month.
Catherine broke her silence to assure TBEN her marriage is going ‘fine’, as friends confirmed she was determined to make her marriage work and avoid a divorce.
She told a reporter: ‘We’re fine, thank you very much, yes we are.