Downton Abbey's Lily James and married Dominic West lock lips

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

British star Lily James has been spotted in a very public loved up moment with none other than married co-star Dominic West.

The 31-year-old Downton Abbey star and the 50-year-old star of The Affair were seen canoodling and sharing a smooch or two on the streets of Rome.

Lily James (left) co-star lover Dominic West (right)
Lily James and Dominic West were spotted locking lips in Rome. Photo: Getty Images

In snaps shared by The Daily Mail Dominic and Lily are seen scootering around the Italian capitals cobbled streets, Lily sporting a floral dress and an ear to ear grin, while Dominic clad in a relaxed button-down shirt and trousers looked absolutely besotted.

Dominic’s wife reportedly ‘devastated’ by romantic photos

Dominic West wife Catherine FitzGerald before cheating claims
Dominic shares four children with wife, Scottish landscape designer Catherine FitzGerald. Photo: Getty Images

Dominic has been married to Irish designer Catherine FitzGerald since 2010 and the pair share four children together.

A source told the Daily Mail the mum of four was ‘devastated’ by the images, and refuted rumours the pair had already split.

“Catherine has been trying to speak with Dominic but he's not answering his phone,” the source was quoted. “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 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.”

No split has been announced publicly, but the star was not sporting his wedding band in the images.

Meanwhile, Lily recently parted ways from her on again off again beau of five years Matt Smith of The Crown fame after the pair seemed to attempt to rekindle their romance during the UK’s lockdown period.

Lily James Matt Smith canoodle
Lily and Matt Smith reportedly called off their relationship after an attempt to rekindle this year. Photo: Getty Images


The Cinderella star was briefly linked to Captain America’s Chris Evans after the pair were spotted on a date in London

In the images, the pair share a lunch outdoors, where they cuddled, with Dominic planting a kiss on Lily’s head.

Pictured: LILY JAMES as Lady Rose, MICHELLE DOCKERY as Lady Mary Crawley and LAURA CARMICHAEL as Lady Edith Crawley.
Lily shot to fame playing Lady Rose on ITV's international blockbuster Downton Abbey. Photo: Getty Images

The pair are currently filming The Pursuit of Love together in the UK, but evidently made time for a quick getaway to the warmth of the Italian autumn.

The series based off the novel by celebrated writer and socialite Nancy Mitford will also star Fleabag’s Andrew Scott and Emily Beecham.

Lily James Dominic Smith pose in 2018
The pair have been friends for some time, first working together in 2011. Photo: Getty Images

Both clad in face masks, and Lily spotted posing for snaps with a fan, the snaps show the duo relaxed and un-self-conscious as they shared a romantic moment in the ancient city.

The pair may be a surprising match for fans, but in fact, have known each other for almost a decade.

The both starred in a production of Othello together at the Crucible in 2011. Lily played Desdemona while Dominic played Iago.

Click here to sign up to our daily newsletter to get all the latest news and hacks. Or if you have a story tip, email us at