Dominic West’s wife Catherine FitzGerald is ‘shocked, heartbroken and devastated’ after pictures emerged of him in a passionate embrace with Lily James in Rome on Sunday.
The Irish landscape designer and aristocrat has told friends she and her actor husband of 10 years were still ‘very much together’ at the time of the steamy clinch, and she now considers the marriage to be ‘probably over’.
A female friend who came to console Catherine at the family home near Chippenham, Wiltshire, told MailOnline on Monday that she has seen the pictures and is ‘devastated’ as she thought she and Dominic had a ‘good marriage’.
The actor, 50, and the Mamma Mia! star, 31, caused quite the stir with their passionate – and very public – display and didn’t seem to mind who saw them as they cuddled up while taking in the sights of the Italian city.
A friend told MailOnline: ‘Catherine has seen the pictures and she’s devastated. I came over to speak with her as soon as I knew about them.
‘Catherine has been trying to speak with Dominic but he’s not answering his phone. 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.’
A gardener who lives on the grounds of the stunning property said: ‘This is their family home and as you can see it’s a wonderful place. They’ve got great kids and everything that you can imagine.
‘Catherine was devastated when she saw those pics and they also left us feeling quite numb. It’s a total shock to all of us who know them.’
Neighbours in the picturesque postcard village where Catherine lives with Dominic and their children – daughter Dora, 13, son Senan, 12, son Francis, 11, and daughter Christabel, seven, have also been rallying around her.
The actor also has another daughter Martha, 22, with former girlfriend Polly Astor.
One said: ‘To say she’s in shock would be an understatement. She’s heartbroken and has got nothing to publicly say. She needs to be left alone and have some time to herself.’ Advertisement
MailOnline has contacted Dominic’s representatives for comment.
Lily and married actor Dominic surprised onlookers when they were pictured passionately kissing while dining al fresco during a romantic break in Rome on Sunday.
Dominic is best known for playing Noah Solloway in Showtime drama, 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 since 2010 but he was not wearing his wedding ring while in Rome.
On Thursday, it was announced that Lily, 31, had split from The Crown star Matt Smith, 37, for good after a failed attempt to rekindle their relationship in lockdown following an on-off five year romance.
A source told MailOnline that Dominic and Lily spent two nights in a suite at the top Hotel De La Ville with a panoramic view over the whole city and just at two minutes walk from the Spanish steps.
They only left the hotel for a few hours riding an electric scooter around the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Pietra. For lunch they joined their friend and mutual manager Angharad Wood at a downtown restaurant.
At the end of lunch Lily sat next to Dominic and he couldn’t resist kissing her neck and stroking her.
Lily looked incredible wearing a pretty floral summery dress which had a split going up the front and cream Yves Saint Laurent espadrilles.
The three part romantic comedy-drama about love and friendship is filming on location in the Bristol and Bath area and at The Bottle Yard Studios.
Set in Europe between the two World Wars, the story 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. Advertisement
But the pair go way back and starred in Othello together at Sheffield’s Crucible back in 2011. Lily played Desdemona when she was aged 22 and Dominic played Iago aged 41.