Lily James returned to work on Tuesday evening as the Dominic West scandal raged on following their steamy kiss in Rome on Sunday.
The actress, 31, joined her Rebecca co-star Armie Hammer on a video call to promote the upcoming movie, in an appearance that came hours after married Dominic, 50, put on a defiant display of unity with his wife Catherine Fitzgerald, 49.
During their groundbreaking PDA session, Lily and Dominic surprised onlookers when they were pictured passionately kissing while dining al fresco during a romantic break in Italy, yet he has now insisted all is well in Camp West.
Working hard: Lily James returned to work on Tuesday evening as the Dominic West scandal raged on following their steamy kiss in Rome on Sunday
In a scandal that shook the news and showbiz worlds to their core, on Sunday, Lily and Dominic appeared unfazed by any marital status but in the latest twist in the tale, it was work as usual for Lily who looked demure during the appearance.
Dominic is best known for playing Noah Solloway in The Affair, which explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between his character and a younger woman who catches his eye, named Alison Bailey (Ruth Wilson).
In real life, the actor has been married to Irish landscape designer and aristocrat Catherine FitzGerald since 2010 – with the kiss leaving their marital state in question.
Yet all questions went flying out the window on Tuesday, when Catherine agreed to take part in a bizarre show of unity with the star, with him telling reporters: ‘Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together’.
What scandal? The actress, 31, joined her Rebecca co-star Armie Hammer on a video call to promote the upcoming movie, in an appearance that came hours after married Dominic, 50, put on a defiant display of unity with his wife Catherine Fitzgerald, 49
The shell-shocked mother-of-four clutched a tissue in her hand as she gingerly stepped out of the marital home in Chippenham, Wiltshire, at 10:30am with her husband by her side, hiding her ring finger in her jeans pocket.
For a brief moment, she lingered in the doorway, biting her lip and staring anxiously at the ground as he glanced back and appeared to say something to her.
Dominic and Catherine have four children together; daughter Dora, 13, son Senan, 12, son Francis, 11, and daughter Christabel, seven. The actor also has another daughter Martha, 22, with former girlfriend Polly Astor.
Lily plays the titular character in Rebecca, and it seems the scandal in her personal life has not fazed her professionally as she smiled in the chat.
The image of the video call came to light when Armie shared an image of his laptop on a stack of boxes and joked about the glamour of 2020 video calls.
What scandal? Lily plays the titular character in Rebecca, and it seems the scandal in her personal life has not fazed her professionally as she smiled in the chat
In Dominic’s bizarre display earlier in the day, he and Catherine handed photographers a piece of paper, which repeated the words in his handwriting: ‘Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together’, with signatures underneath.
In the window of their porch hung a children’s drawing of a rainbow, in support of the NHS – a reminder of why Catherine might have been so quick to put on a show of support so publicly.
Bizarre: West handed out a piece of paper, (written by him) to reporters asserting that he and Catherine would not be splitting – it was signed by them both
Dominic first returned home from his romantic break on Monday night for a showdown with his wife, who told a friend she believed their marriage was strong and had been blindsided by the pictures.
Dominic refused to answer any questions about what occurred in Italy. Moments later, the couple left their home, driving off together to an unknown destination.
MailOnline understands the actor 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 seeing pictures of Dominic locked in an embrace with Lily, 31, while not wearing his wedding ring.
Dominic’s face had been largely concealed by his face mask as he drove and he had kept his ring finger from view, after brazenly removing it for his very amorous display with Lily.
Dominic has been married to Irish landscape designer and mother-of-four Catherine since 2010.
On Monday, she confided in a friend that she and Dominic were still ‘very much together’ at the time of his steamy clinch with Lily, and she had said she considered the marriage to be ‘probably over’.
A female friend who came to console Catherine told MailOnline that she has was ‘devastated’ over the pictures because she thought she and Dominic had a ‘good marriage’.
And while Catherine looked visibly upset when she left her home, the loyal lady soon fixed on a smile as she faced reporters.
She and Dominic share the same manager, who was also with them on the trip.