Lily James admits there's 'a lot to say' about those Dominic West kiss photos

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30:  (L to R) Dominic West, Lily James and Laura Carmichael attend the Harper's Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards 2018, in partnership with Michael Kors and Mercedes-Benz, at Claridge's Hotel on October 30, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar/Hearst UK) *** Local Caption *** Dominic West; Lily James; Laura Carmichael
Dominic West and Lily James co-star in 'The Pursuit of Love'. (David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar/Hearst UK)

Lily James has admitted that there is "a lot to say" about photos appearing to show Dominic West kissing her, but has refused to give any more details at the moment.

The Affair star West, 51, plays 32-year-old James' father in the BBC adaptation of Nancy Mitford novel The Pursuit of Love, and the pair hit headlines in October over some photos of them looking very close in Rome.

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In the pictures, James and West rode a scooter around the city together and enjoyed a cosy lunch, where West appeared to be nuzzling her neck and kissing her.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Lily James attends The Fashion Awards 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall on December 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Lily James has refused to give more details on her trip to Rome. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Speaking to The Guardian about the media storm around the photos, James said: "Ach, I’m not really willing to talk about that. 

"There is a lot to say, but not now, I’m afraid."

After the photos emerged, West and his wife Catherine FitzGerald, who he has four children with, put on a united front outside their home where they hugged, kissed and handed a handwritten note to press which read: "Our marriage is strong and we're very much still together. Thank you."

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Catherine Fitzgerald and Dominic West attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Dominic West has four children with Catherine FitzGerald. (Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

West and FitzGerald have been married since 2010, but in 2016 he told the Evening Standard: "I mean, I think women should be more indulgent of affairs.

"I really do. It’s daft to kick someone out over a fling. Isn’t it? Everyone should turn a blind eye to men’s behaviour between the ages of 40 and 50. Let it all blow over." 

Downton Abbey actor James also talked about another of her Pursuit of Love co-stars, Andrew Scott.

Programme Name: The Pursuit of Love - TX: n/a - Episode: The Pursuit Of Love - Teaser (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Uncle Matthew (DOMINIC WEST) - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: Steve Schofield
Dominic West stars in 'The Pursuit of Love'. (BBC Studios/Steve Schofield)

She said: "Oh, he’s extraordinary. He brings so much. That’s another beautiful relationship, Lord Merlin and Linda (their characters)…they’re true soulmates. Andrew and I talked about how you don’t have to define some friendships. All sorts of people can become great loves of your life.

Asked whether she had bought into "Hot Priest mania" over Scott's starring role in Fleabag, she said: "Of course I did. What a show. He was catapulted into everyone’s heart with that part.

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