“The Pursuit of Love” co-stars Dominic West, 50, and Lily James, 31, were photographed getting cozy in Rome — despite the fact that the actor is believed to be married.
On Monday, The Daily Mail published shocking pictures where West — known for his role on Showtime’s “The Affair” — appears to kiss James’ neck at a lunch with mutual friend and manager Angharad Wood.
The two, who are set to appear in Emily Mortimer’s television adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s novel, were also photographed riding an electric scooter together around the city.
West — who is believed to have been married to Irish landscape designer and aristocrat Catherine FitzGerald since 2010 — was also seen without his wedding ring.
While some fans believe that these photos could have been taken during a scene for their period piece, it seems unlikely, as the two actors are wearing modern clothes.
West and FitzGerald — who share four children together: Dora, 13, Senan, 12, Francis, 11, and Christabel, 7 — have not publicly announced their split, if that is in fact the case.
James and West previously starred in a 2011 production of “Othello” at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre when Lily was 22.
After the scandalous photos went viral, The Daily Mail published another report in which an alleged friend of FitzGerald said Catherine was “devasted” and believed that she and her husband were “very much together” in a “good marriage.”
Per the report, the alleged female friend of Catherine came to console her at the couple’s family home near Chippenham, Wiltshire.
“Catherine has seen the pictures and she’s devastated. I came over to speak with her as soon as I knew about them,” the alleged friend told the outlet.
“Catherine has been trying to speak with Dominic, but he’s not answering his phone. She’s totally shocked because she didn’t know anything was going on. They were very much together, so this is completely out of the blue,” she said.
“She thought they had a good marriage and now it’s probably over. That’s how she feels right now, but the two of them need to speak but at the moment, she’s lost for words.”
An alleged gardener who works and lives on West and FitzGerald’s property also told the outlet, “This is their family home and as you can see it’s a wonderful place. They’ve got great kids and everything that you can imagine.”
West also shares daughter Martha, 22, with former girlfriend Polly Astor.
James recently ended her relationship with fellow actor Matt Smith. In July, she was seen with Chris Evans at a park in London.