The Truth About Lily James And Dominic West

Downton Abbey star Lily James was spotted with Dominic West — the lead in the Showtime hit The Affair — in Rome on Oct. 11, 2020, according to the Daily Mail. The pair was seen getting close, lunching together, and canoodling over town.

The celebrated stars began filming a new project together in July of this same year, per the outlet, working on an adaptation by Emily Mortimer of Nancy Mitford's novel The Pursuit of Love. Filming is taking place in both Bristol and Bath, England, the Daily Mail reported. 

It appears that the duo decided to take a break together and enjoy a little Roman holidaying, where they stayed at the luxurious Hotel de la Ville, situated near the Spanish steps, per the Daily Mail. The duo shared an eclectic scooter and wore masks, per Italy's preventative measures against the spread of the coronavirus.

But there seems to be some interesting commentary on both of their previous (or current) relationships. James recently split from a longtime boyfriend, while The Mirror noted that West is "married." Here's the truth about that drama.

A look at Dominic West and Lily James' romantic histories

Lily James and co-star Dominic West were spotted in Rome over a weekend in early October 2020. As mentioned, the duo was seen kissing, eating outside, and pausing their scooter ride to snap pics of the ancient city. While they have every right to take a little holiday, the sighting has caused some controversy.

West married aristocrat and landscape designer Catherine FitzGerald in 2010, according to The Mirror, and together they share four children. (According to Hello!, West also has a child from a previous relationship.) As The Mirror pointed out, there was no separation announcement between West and FitzGerald leading to his visit to Rome with James.

As for James, she was in a five-year-long relationship with The Crown star Matt Smith. While they broke up briefly in 2019, they attempted to rekindle things during the coronavirus lockdown, according to The Sun. However, they officially called it quits only a week before James was spotted in Rome with West.

This romance drama is so eventful it could be its own movie!