Lily James has taken centre stage in a slew of snaps from The Pursuit Of Love, the drama which she stars in opposite Dominic West.
First look snaps show the actress in character as the adventurous Linda Radlett, opposite Dominic, who plays Uncle Matthew.
The drama’s release has been hotly anticipated ever since co-stars Lily and married Dominic, 51, were caught enjoying what appeared to be a racy weekend in Rome.
Naughty! Lily James has taken centre stage in a slew of snaps from The Pursuit Of Love, the drama which she stars in opposite Dominic West
Among the images were several of Lily in character as Linda plunging into a bath with her best friend Fanny, played Emily Beecham.
The pair play close friends who are on the hunt to find who navigate their friendship despite wanting separate things from life, with Linda on the hunt to find a husband while finding her place in high society.
Only one image shows Lily alongside Dominic, with both appearing in a group snap with Linda’s aunt Sadie (played by Dolly Wells), Fanny’s Aunt Emily (Annabel Mullion), her husband Davey (John Heffernan) and several of the show’s young cast.
Scandalous: First look snaps show the actress in character as the adventurous Linda Radlett, opposite married Dominic (far right), after they were pictured during a cosy weekend in Rome
Oh! The drama’s release has been hotly anticipated ever since co-stars Lily and married Dominic, 51, were caught enjoying what appeared to be a racy weekend in Rome
Explosive: Lily, who also plunges into a bath in one snap from the racy drama, has faced much attention after being pictured during the cosy outing with her co-star
Audacious: She plays Linda, who dreams of finding love and marriage as she navigates the world of high society
Close bond: The series focuses on Lily’s character Linda and her best friend Fanny, played by Emily Beecham
Suave: Other images also show him looking suited and booted as he plays the fierce yet kind-hearted relative
In character as Fanny’s uncle, Dominic sports a dashing black suit alongside a festive Santa cloak and hat.
Other images also show him looking suited and booted as he plays the fierce yet kind-hearted relative.
Other snaps also show Lily in the midst of a wild party as the free-spirited Linda, with one seeing her in the midst of a swanky lunch with Lord Merlin (Andrew Scott) who befriends her and slowly introduces her to a life of high society.
It won’t be smooth sailing for Linda in her quest to find love, with one image showing her wedding to her first husband Tony (Freddie Fox).
Cheeky! Another snap shows the pair enjoying a bath together, after fans got their first glimpse of the pair in the racy drama
Free spirit: Clearly enjoying her ventures into the world of high society, one image features Linda in the midst of a wild party
Still looking for love? A forlorn Fanny appears saddened to see her close friend tie the knot in a snap from Linda’s wedding
Vintage: BBC bosses are hoping the period drama will be a ratings hit by placing it in the lucrative Sunday night slot previously filled by Line Of Duty
Pals: Lily appears opposite Fleabag’s Andrew Scott in the series (pictured far right) who plays Linda’s friend Merlin
Exploration: Merlin acts as a guide and mentor for Linda during her journey to find love and happiness in the pre-War years
What a night! The larger-than-life character appears to take centre stage in some of the series’ wildest parties and celebrations
In her interview with the paper, The Guardian asked Lily: ‘You found yourself at the centre of a media storm last autumn [due to rumours of an affair with Pursuit of Love castmate Dominic West]. What was that like?’
It was then she came over bashful and declined to discuss, saying: ‘Ach, I’m not really willing to talk about that. There is a lot to say, but not now, I’m afraid.’
Last month, a first look trailer for their drama series, where the two grew close before their scandalous trip away, was released ahead of its upcoming release .
The Emily Mortimer novel adaptation follows the story of Linda Radlett – played by Lily – and her hunt to find love and marriage, while Dominic plays her friend Fanny’s Uncle Matthew.
Anticipated: The series is based on the 1945 romance novel by Nancy Mitford, and will play out over three parts
Adventurous: Dominc appears in several spoiler snaps from the BBC drama, though none see him directly appear with Lily amid their scandalous weekend together
Hitting back: It comes after Lily admitted that there is ‘a lot to say’ about her scandalous weekend with Dominic, but added: ‘Not right now’
RumouRs: The production was filmed between July and October last year, with Lily and Dominic’s Italy trip taking place shortly after filming on the period drama wrapped
The production was filmed between July and October last year, with Lily and Dominic’s Italy trip taking place shortly after filming on the period drama wrapped.
It is believed that part of Dominic’s agreement with his wife Catherine Fitzgerald agreement is that he won’t do any promotion with Lily for the series, in a bid to save their marriage – which BBC bosses have apparently reluctantly agreed to.
The trailer for the BBC adaptation of the novel opens with a very glamorous Lily wearing a turquoise silk dress and she can be heard saying: ‘It’s not sexual, it’s a meeting of minds.’
Solo: It’s thought that BBC bosses begrudgingly agree that Dominic and Lily wouldn’t do any promotion for the series together, per his wife Catherine Fitzgerald’s request
Refuse: In fact, so humiliating were the pictures of Dominic cavorting with Lily, that Catherine is said to have banned him from speaking with the actress as part of a peace deal
Stunning: Dominic and Lily struck up a close bond on set – as fans only need look back a matter of months to recall their Rome rendezvous, as pictures of their cosy trip emerged
Dominic and Lily struck up a close bond on set – as fans only need look back a matter of months to recall their Rome rendezvous, as pictures of their cosy trip emerged.
In fact, so humiliating were the pictures of her actor husband West cavorting with James that Catherine is said to have banned him from speaking with the actress as part of a peace deal struck between the couple.
Dominic finally won forgiveness for the infamous photographs that showed him flirting outrageously with Lily while on the secret trip.
Screen star: Dominic finally won forgiveness for the infamous photographs that showed him flirting outrageously with Lily while on the secret trip
Gorgeous: Actress Emily, who plays the main character Fanny in the drama, appears in a slew of snaps from the series, that takes place during the Interwar years
However, the Mail On Sunday was told there are some strict new rules to guide Dominic’s future behaviour.
‘He has promised never to see, speak or work with Lily again,’ said a friend. Also, there are to be no joint promotional interviews for the forthcoming TV adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s novel.
This, apparently, has caused surprise among BBC bosses who hope the series will be a ratings triumph, having scheduled it to be screened in the primetime Sunday 9pm slot occupied by Line Of Duty prior to Sunday’s finale.
It is thought that despite initial protestations, the BBC has agreed to the Wests’ request.
The Pursuit Of Love begins on Sunday, May 9 at 9pm on BBC One.
Coming soon: The Pursuit Of Love begins on Sunday, May 9 at 9pm on BBC One