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Lily James PIC EXC: Star returns to work for first time since Dominic West scandal

Lily James returned to work on Tuesday for the first time since she was pictured kissing and cuddling married actor Dominic West in October.

The screen star, 31 – who has rarely been seen in public since the images of her and Dominic, 51, emerged – stood out in a £900 yellow jacket as filming for new romantic comedy What’s Love Got To Do With It got underway in London.

While details about the upcoming film are being kept under wraps, the movie, written and produced by Jemima Goldsmith, is reportedly based on a cross-cultural relationship set between the English capital and South Asia.

She’s back! Lily James returned to work on Tuesday for the first time since she was seen kissing and cuddling married actor Dominic West back in October

Scandal: The screen star, 31, has rarely been seen in public since images emerged showing her and Dominic, 51, enjoying an al fresco lunch in Rome back in October

Scandal: The screen star, 31, has rarely been seen in public since images emerged showing her and Dominic, 51, enjoying an al fresco lunch in Rome back in October

Wrapping up warm in her outerwear by Fjallraven Kanken x Acne Studios, the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again star cut a smart figure in a white blouse, ankle-grazing trousers and loafers.

The actress appeared to be heading to set as she was accompanied by crew members, who sported appropriate PPE amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

According to Deadline, the Downton Abbey star is starring in the Working Titles production with Star Trek: Discovery’s Shazad Latif and award-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson.

It is currently unclear which roles Lily and her co-stars Shazad, 32, and Emma, 61, portray in What’s Love Got To Do With It, which is being directed by Shekhar Kapur.

Off she goes: The screen star, 31, stood out in a £900 yellow jacket as filming for new romantic comedy What's Love Got To Do With It got underway in London

Off she goes: The screen star, 31, stood out in a £900 yellow jacket as filming for new romantic comedy What’s Love Got To Do With It got underway in London 

'We're very much still together': Days after the scandal, the thespian defended his marriage to wife Catherine FitzGerald (pictured during a photo opportunity outside their Wiltshire home)

‘We’re very much still together’: Days after the scandal, the thespian defended his marriage to wife Catherine FitzGerald (pictured during a photo opportunity outside their Wiltshire home)

The plot is believed to take inspiration from documentary producer Jemima’s marriage to Pakistan’s current Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The filmmaker, 46, and the former cricketer, 68, were married from 1995 until 2004, with the sportsman revealing their divorce was down to Jemima’s inability to adapt to his political life.

Lily has kept a low-profile since she became the subject of worldwide scrutiny when images emerged showing her and Dominic enjoying an al fresco lunch with their mutual agent, Angharad Wood. 

They enjoyed a two-day vacation in Italy where they were seen riding on a scooter through Rome, and Dominic appeared to at one point lean over and kiss Lily’s neck. 

Keeping warm: The Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again star wrapped up warm in her outerwear by Fjallraven Kanken x Acne Studios

Working hard: The TV, film and stage star stood by a car as she headed to set

Keeping warm: The Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again star wrapped up warm in her outerwear by Fjallraven Kanken x Acne Studios

In character: The actress cut a smart figure in a white blouse, ankle-grazing trousers and loafers

In character: The actress cut a smart figure in a white blouse, ankle-grazing trousers and loafers

Less is more: With her tresses worn in a tousled ponytail, Lily's features were enhanced with neutral-toned make-up

Out and about: At one point, she was seen grabbing a bag from a black vehicle

Less is more: With her tresses worn in a tousled ponytail, Lily’s features were enhanced with neutral-toned make-up

In good company: The actress appeared to be heading to set as she was accompanied by crew members, who sported appropriate PPE amid the coronavirus pandemic

In good company: The actress appeared to be heading to set as she was accompanied by crew members, who sported appropriate PPE amid the coronavirus pandemic

A source told MailOnline the thespians spent two nights in a suite at the top Hotel De La Ville with a panoramic view over the city and just at two minutes walk from the Spanish steps. 

Just days later, Dominic defiantly defended his marriage to wife Catherine FitzGerald, with the pair staging a photo opportunity outside their Wiltshire home and telling reporters: ‘Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together.’ 

TV and film star Lily previously dated The Crown star Matt Smith, 38, on and off for five years, with the relationship said to be over just weeks before she was pictured with Dominic.  

The brunette has raised eyebrows in the past by forging close friendships with her co-stars in recent productions – Armie Hammer in Rebecca and Dominic in BBC drama The Pursuit Of Love.

Re-emergence: The Baby Driver star has kept a low-profile since she became the subject of worldwide scrutiny

Re-emergence: The Baby Driver star has kept a low-profile since she became the subject of worldwide scrutiny

Return to the grind: What's Love Got To Do With It marks Lily's first film since shooting Neftlix's The Dig, scheduled for release next month

Return to the grind: What’s Love Got To Do With It marks Lily’s first film since shooting Neftlix’s The Dig, scheduled for release next month

Low-key: While details about the film are being kept under wraps, the movie, written and produced by Jemima Goldsmith, is based on a cross-cultural relationship

Low-key: While details about the film are being kept under wraps, the movie, written and produced by Jemima Goldsmith, is based on a cross-cultural relationship

Back story? The plot is believed to take inspiration from documentary producer Jemima's marriage to Pakistan's current Prime Minister Imran Khan (pictured together in May 1995)

Back story? The plot is believed to take inspiration from documentary producer Jemima’s marriage to Pakistan’s current Prime Minister Imran Khan (pictured together in May 1995)

Line-up: The Downton Abbey star is starring in the project with Star Trek: Discovery's Shazad Latif and award-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson (pictured in January)

Line-up: The Downton Abbey star is starring in the project with Star Trek: Discovery’s Shazad Latif and award-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson (pictured in January)

Lily has also been hit with claims that she grew close to her married Rebecca co-star Armie, with their alleged off-camera chemistry prompting gossip on the set that they had become an item. 

After the emergence of the lunch images, the stage star pulled out of a series of promotional appearances to plug Rebecca and has remained silent on the scandal ever since. 

The media personality also cancelled interviews with the Today show in America and an episode of The Graham Norton Show. 

The Surrey native made her first TV appearance following the controversy on the Jimmy Fallon show without co-star Armie to discuss their film, while addressing  Mamma Mia 3! rumours.

The show must go on: The Surrey native made her first TV appearance following the controversy on the Jimmy Fallon show

The show must go on: The Surrey native made her first TV appearance following the controversy on the Jimmy Fallon show 

However broadcaster Jimmy, 46, did not broach the scandalous subject about Dominic. 

In The Pursuit Of Love, Dominic appears as the bullying and eccentric Uncle Matthew. 

In an interview with The Guardian conducted before the dalliance in Italy, Lily said she had known her co-star for ‘a really long time’ since they appeared together in a Shakespeare play a decade ago. 

Speaking of his role in their latest venture, the Cinderella star added: ‘He’s a brilliant Uncle Matthew, another mad sort of character. 

‘I have a great line in it where I say, “Matthew is frightening and I disapprove of him, but I feel he sets the bar for English manhood.” What a great line.’ 

Awkward! The media personality's oddly-timed remarks about 'making mistakes', 'affairs' and her 'rebellious streak' also emerged in the wake of her scandal with Dominic

Awkward! The media personality’s oddly-timed remarks about ‘making mistakes’, ‘affairs’ and her ‘rebellious streak’ also emerged in the wake of her scandal with Dominic 

It was reported last month that Dominic’s wife Catherine has held crisis talks with her family over the future of her marriage. 

Landscaper Catherine, 49, was said to have been left devastated when the images emerged, yet two days later, the couple defended their marriage in a smug photo opportunity outside their Wiltshire home. 

Despite their display, insiders claimed Catherine, who shares four children with the actor, travelled to her home in County Limerick, Ireland, where she was deciding the future of her marriage. 

  

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