THE Pursuit Of Love viewers were left horrified this evening as Dominic West and Lily James played a father and daughter onscreen after their shock “affair”.
Dominic, 51, and 32-year-old Lily were pictured cosying up while on holiday in Italy together last year – having grown close while filming the BBC drama, which premiered tonight.
Lily plays the wild lead character Linda Radlett – who stripped nude in several scenes – in the hedonistic costume drama, with Dominic shouty dad Matthew.
And seeing the pair’s paternal relationship on the small screen left some viewers stunned as they speculated over the real life actors’ relationship.
Taking to Twitter, one fan wrote: “Oh. He was playing Lily James’ dad. Not awkward, not awkward at all.”
Another added: “Didn’t know Dominic played Lily’s dad. Feels a bit weird”.
A third agreed: “Bit weird the whole Lily James and Dominic West thing when he’s playing her Dad in The Pursuit of Love.”
One more remarked: “Ah I see this is where Lily James and Dominic West’s ‘friendship’ began then.”
Last week, Lily addressed the scandal for the first time when asked about it in an interview.
She hinted at future revelations while refusing to divulge further, explaining: “I’m not really willing to talk about that.
“There is a lot to say, but not now, I’m afraid.”
A pal previously revealed that Lily was “enamoured by Dominic’s charm and wicked sense of humour” after splitting from actor ex Matt Smith.
They added: “A friend warned her about Dominic’s ways. He is renowned for being a flirt, but she was smitten.”
The pair went to Rome, where their mutual agent Angharad Wood was staying, in a bid to escape the spotlight – but pictures emerged of them cuddling up.
Dominic then arranged an awkward photo opportunity with wife Catherine outside the family home in Wiltshire, issuing a defiant statement that they are still “very much together”.
The source went on: “Lily was left feeing hurt by his betrayal and disappointed that she was painted as the scarlet woman and hung out to dry.”
Lily has now found love with Queens of the Stone Age rocker Michael Shuman, 35.