Dominic West and Lily James presented a very cozy display by ‘kissing and cuddling’ during their British Airways flight to Rome, it has been claimed.
The married actress, 50, and Mamma Mia! star, 31, was later seen kissing passionately while eating outdoors in the Italian city last Sunday.
Now a source has claimed that the couple did not waste time starting their romantic weekend and were ‘everywhere’ during the trip, reports The Sun.
Shock: Dominic West and Lily James set up a very cozy display by ‘kissing and cuddling’ during their British Airways flight to Rome, it has been claimed (the picture during their trip to Italy)
A source told the publication: ‘At first I thought she was his daughter when I knew he was around 50 and one could tell she was much younger.
‘Within minutes of the plane leaving, they began kissing and cuddling after both removed their masks.
‘They looked like a couple on their way to a dirty weekend and they were all over each other. They kissed the French, and there was a lot of neck-cutting going on. ‘
MailOnline has contacted representatives of Lily and Dominic for a comment.
After arriving in town last week, Lily and Dominic surprised spectators as they were pictured as they appeared to be kissing while eating out.
Requirements: A source said that Dominic and Lily ‘looked like a couple on their way to a dirty weekend and that they were on top of each other’ during the flight (pictured together in 2018)
Dominic is best known for playing Noah Solloway in the showtime drama The Affair, which explores the emotional effects of an extramarital affair between his character and a younger woman named Alison Bailey (Ruth Wilson).
A source told MailOnline, Dominic and Lily spent two nights in a suite at the top of the Hotel De La Ville with panoramic views of the city and only a two minute walk from the Spanish Steps.
They only left the hotel for a few hours on an electric scooter around the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Pietra. While they were having lunch, they joined their friend and joint manager Angharad Wood at a restaurant in the center.
At the end of lunch, Lily sat next to Dominic, who was not wearing his wedding ring, and he could not resist fooling her neck and stroking her.
The previous Thursday, it was announced that Lily had split from The Crown star Matt Smith, 37, for good after a failed attempt to revive their relationship in lockdown after an on-off five-year romance.
Married: Dominic and his wife Catherine FitzGerald put a united front in their home after the photos emerged
Since the pictures of Dominic and Lily in Rome came to light, he has put on a defiant screen with his wife Catherine Fitzgerald, 49.
Just hours after telling her friends she was’ shattered ‘by the images, which went viral, she agreed to take part in a bizarre show of unity with The Affair star, where he told reporters:’ Our marriage is strong and we are very very still together ‘.
The four-mother cautiously walked out of the marriage in Chippenham, Wiltshire, on Tuesday with her husband and hid her ring finger in her jeans pocket.
Catherine purposefully raised her head and kissed Dominic passionately in front of the cameras as they emerged from their wandering cottage through a rusty gate.
Dominic seemed to have a pretty smug look on his face as he made a point of showing that he was still not wearing his wedding ring. He wore the same clothes he wore on his day out with Lily and added a brown jacket.
With firm smiles planted on their faces, he and Catherine gave photographers a piece of paper that repeated the words of his handwriting: ‘Our marriage is strong and we are very much together’ with their signatures placed below.
Strong: Dominic has been married to Irish landscape designer and Catherine-four-mother since 2010. They share children Dora, 13, Senan, 12, Francis, 11, and Christabel, seven
Working together: Lily and Dominic to star in Emily Mortimer’s adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s famous novel The Pursuit Of Love for the BBC with Emily Beecham & Andrew Scott – filming began in July
MailOnline understands that the actress flew back from Rome on Monday night for crisis talks with his wife of 10 years, just hours after she told a friend she was ‘heartbroken, shocked and devastated’ after the photos.
Dominic has been married to Irish landscape designer and Catherine-mother-of-four since 2010.
They share four children – daughter Dora, 13, son Senan, 12, son Francis, 11 and daughter Christabel, seven. While the actress also has another daughter Martha, 21, with ex-boyfriend, aristocrat, Polly Astor.
On Monday, Catherine confided in a friend that she and Dominic were still ‘very much together’ at the time of his steaming clinic with Lily, and she had said she considered the marriage ‘probably over’.
A female friend who came to comfort Catherine told MailOnline that she was ‘devastated’ by the pictures because she thought she and Dominic had a ‘good marriage’.
The friend told MailOnline on Monday: ‘Catherine has seen the pictures and she is devastated. I came over to talk to her as soon as I knew about them.
Done and dusty: Last Thursday, it was announced that Lily, 31, had split from Matt Smith, 37, for good after a failed attempt to revive their relationship in lockdown after an on-off five-year romance (pictured in 2015)
‘Catherine has tried to talk to Dominic but he does not answer his phone. She’s totally shocked because she did not 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 need to talk, but at the moment she’s lost for words. ‘
Lily and Dominic will star in Emily Mortimer’s adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s famous novel The Pursuit Of Love for the BBC with Emily Beecham & Andrew Scott, and filming began in July.
The three-part romantic comedy-drama about love and friendship films on-site in the Bristol and Bath area and in The Bottle Yard Studios.
The story takes place in Europe between the two world wars and follows the adventures and misadventures of the charismatic and fearless Linda Radlett, played by Lily and her best friend and cousin Fanny Logan, played by Beecham.
But the couple went far back and played together in Othello together on Sheffield’s Crucible back in 2011. Lily played Desdemona when she was 22, and Dominic played Iago, 41 years old.