Dominic West kisses wife after shock snaps with Lily James

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Dominic West and his wife Catherine FitzGerald have made a show of union following claims the actor had been unfaithful with Lily James.

Pictures emerged of The Affair star, 50, and Downton Abbey actress James, 31, looking very close while in Rome together over the weekend, with reports the snaps left his wife and mother of his four children ‘devastated’.

Dominic West and wife Catherine FitzGerald put on a display of solidarity after snaps of him smooching co-star Lily James surfaced.
Dominic and Catherine put on a display of solidarity to derail split rumours in the wake of the saucy snaps. Photo: Getty Images

That’s not what they told the cameras today, however, with the duo putting on a united show for photographers outside their home in Wiltshire, as Dominic returned from his sun-soaked Italian stay.

The pair posed for the gathered press, holding hands and kissing.

Dominic West and wife Catherine FitzGerald make a statement to press outside their Cotswolds home after Dominic was seen kissing actress Lily James whilst in Rome
Dominic West and wife Catherine FitzGerald were seen at their Cotswolds home. Photo: Getty Images
Dominic West and wife Catherine FitzGerald make a statement to press outside their Cotswolds home after Dominic was seen kissing actress Lily James whilst in Rome on October 13, 2020 in Cotswolds, England.
“Our marriage is strong and we are very much still together. Thank you,” a note outside the gate read. Photo: Getty Images

“I just want to say our marriage is strong and we are very much still together,” the actor told reporters.

The sentiment was reiterated on a note pinned to the gate.

“Our marriage is strong and we are very much still together. Thank you,” the note, signed by West and his wife read.

Dominic’s ‘strong’ marriage to Catherine

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02:  (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED)   Dominic West (L) and Catherine Fitzgerald (R) arrive at the UK Premiere of 'Johnny English Reborn' at Empire Leicester Square on October 2, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Dominic West and wife Catherine Fitzgerald in 2011. (Getty Images)

The couple met as students at Trinity College Dublin. They rekindled their romance several years later and have four children together – daughters Dora, 14, and Christabel, seven, and sons Senan, 12 and Francis, 11.

They married in 2010 and split their time between their homes in England and FitzGerald’s family home Glin Castle in Ireland.

The landscape gardener is an Anglo-Irish aristocrat whose father was the last Knight of Glin.

She was previously married to Viscount Lambton between 1995 and 2002.

West has a 22-year-old daughter Martha with ex-girlfriend Polly Astor, daughter of the politician Michael Astor.

Dominic and Lily James canoodle in Rome

Lily James smooches married co-star Dominic West
Lily was filming The Pursuit of Love with Dominic before the photos were taken of the pair. Photo: Getty Images

The passionate public display from Dominic and Catherine comes after he was spotted canoodling on the streets of Rome with co-star, Downton Abbey’s Lily James in jaw-dropping images published on Monday by The Daily Mail.

The pair had been shooting the upcoming BBC adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s romance novel The Pursuit Of Love, with their very friendly-looking Italian getaway shocking fans and family alike.

Filming had begun in the spring but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

Yesterday, a source named only as a ‘friend’ of Dominic’s wife reported she was ‘devastated’ by the images.

Dominic West, Lily James and 'Downton Abbey' co-star Laura Carmichael at the Harper's Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards 2018. (Getty Images)
A source said Dominic's (left) wife was 'devastated' by the photos that emerged with Lily (centre). Photo: Getty Images

Cinderella star Lily has been in an on-off relationship with 37-year-old Doctor Who star Matt Smith for the past five years.

It was recently reported they had split for good after attempting to rekindle their relationship during lockdown.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22:  Matt Smith and Lily James attend an event hosted by Lily James to celebrate the launch of My Burberry Black at Burberry's all day cafe Thomas's on August 22, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Burberry)
Matt Smith and Lily James called it quits this year. Photo: Getty Images

Lily and Dominic’s friendship goes further back than a new series however, the pair also starred on stage in Othello together at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre in 2011.

The damning photos of the pair seated outside a restaurant show West stroking James’s hair and holding her shoulder as he leans in and apparently nestles his face in her neck.

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