Actor Dominic West cuts desperate figure six days after being pictured with Lily James

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What a difference a single week can make! Dominic West cast a desperate figure yesterday – six days after he was pictured staring into the eyes of his co-star Lily James during an alfresco lunch under the Roman sun.

Despite the seemingly incriminating photographs, actor’s wife Catherine FitzGerald said she stood by his side, posing very publicly for photos outside their Wiltshire mansion last week.

But the smug smile on his face in those carefully choreographed shots was nowhere to be found as he watched his 11-year-old son Francis play football in Exeter yesterday.

Dominic West cut a desperate figure yesterday wearing a £ 50 Karrimor down jacket, as he watched his son play football in Exeter

Dressed in a £ 50 Karrimor puffer jacket, he glanced at his phone several times, occasionally leaning against the fence behind him.

A spectator said the actor, 50, was almost unrecognizable from the man who was seen rubbing Ms James’ neck as they rode a scooter together in Italy.

The source told the Mail on Sunday: “You would be in a hurry to notice who he was, especially when he was wearing his beanie.

“He was like a totally different person than last week. He wasn’t smiling at all and he looked very thoughtful, if not miserable.

Despite the seemingly incriminating photographs, actor's wife Catherine FitzGerald said she was by his side, posing very publicly for photos last week (pictured)

Despite the seemingly incriminating photographs, actor’s wife Catherine FitzGerald said she was by his side, posing very publicly for photos last week (pictured)

West stunned the world last Tuesday when he and Ms FitzGerald put on their bizarre show of unity after his escapades with Ms James, his 31-year-old co-star in the upcoming BBC drama The Pursuit Of Love.

With tight smiles and awkward body language, they kissed in front of the cameras. Irish aristocrat Ms FitzGerald, 49, mother of four of West’s five children, seized a note written by her husband and signed by both.

She then dropped it off for the photographers at the edge of their property. He said, “Our marriage is strong and we are still together. Thank you.’

An onlooker said the actor, 50, was almost unrecognizable from the man who was seen whipping Ms James' neck as they rode a scooter together in Italy (pictured)

An onlooker said the actor, 50, was almost unrecognizable from the man who was seen whipping Ms James’ neck as they rode a scooter together in Italy (pictured)

West, who first met Ms James ten years ago when they starred together in Othello, was seen putting his arm around her as they took advantage of the weather in the Italian capital.

They arrived at the house the next day.

Ms James, who split last year from Doctor Who star Matt Smith after five years together, has since kept a low profile in her north London home.

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