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Lily James set to make first appearance since Dominic West scandal… at concert he often attends

Lily James is set to make her first big public appearance since news of the Dominic West scandal broke at a charity concert the actor has often attended.

The actress, 31, will deliver a Christmas reading at the first-ever virtual Nordoff Robbins’ Christmas carol service next Tuesday.

The evening, which will be streamed online and hosted by Nile Rogers, has been  regularly attended by Dominic, 51, and his wife Catherine FitzGerald in the past.   

Next big thing: Lily James is set to make her first big public appearance since news of the Dominic West scandal broke at a charity concert the actor has often attended (pictured in 2016) 

Among the other names taking part in the concert are Robbie Williams, Sir Rod Stewart, Bill Nighy, Florence Welch, Roger Daltrey, Kaiser Chiefs and Danny O’Donoghue from The Script.  

Some of the stars will appear on video while others will perform for the charity from  Abbey Road Studios or St Luke’s Church in London.

The service will be virtual for the first time ever amid the coronavirus crisis, it is free to watch with audience members encouraged to donate.

All proceeds will go to music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, which aims to enrich the lives of those affected by life limiting illness, isolation or disability through music. They are expected to lose half of their fundraising income amid the pandemic.  

Couple: The charity event has regularly been attended by Dominic and his wife Catherine FitzGerald (pictured during a photo opportunity outside their Wiltshire home in October)

Couple: The charity event has regularly been attended by Dominic and his wife Catherine FitzGerald (pictured during a photo opportunity outside their Wiltshire home in October)

Scandal: Lily has rarely been seen in public since images emerged showing her and married Dominic enjoying an al fresco lunch in Rome back in October

Scandal: Lily has rarely been seen in public since images emerged showing her and married Dominic enjoying an al fresco lunch in Rome back in October

Talking about the upcoming event, Sir Rod Stewart said: ‘The power of music is limitless and I’m proud to be a part of this year’s carol service.

‘Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy’s work has been life-changing for so many – people with life limiting illnesses, disabilities and those who are vulnerable and isolated.

‘I’ll be bringing holiday cheer on 15 December and if you can, give generously to ensure this important work continues.’  

Amazing: The evening will be streamed online and hosted by Nile Rogers

Amazing: The evening will be streamed online and hosted by Nile Rogers 

Star-studded: Among the other names taking part in the concert are Robbie Williams, Sir Rod Stewart, Bill Nighy, pictured, and Florence Welch

Stunning: Florence Welch pictured ahead of the charity concert

Star-studded: Among the other names taking part in the concert are Robbie Williams, Sir Rod Stewart, Bill Nighy, pictured left, and Florence Welch, pictured right 

The annual charity concert has been going for almost 20 years and is usually hosted at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea, London. 

MailOnline has contacted Lily and Dominic’s representatives for a comment. 

Lily has rarely been seen in public since she became the subject of worldwide scrutiny when images emerged showing her and married Dominic enjoying an al fresco lunch with their mutual agent, Angharad Wood.  

Tis the season! Robbie Williams pictured in a festive jumper ahead of the charity concert

Tis the season! Robbie Williams pictured in a festive jumper ahead of the charity concert 

Proud! Talking about the upcoming event, Sir Rod Stewart said: 'The power of music is limitless and I'm proud to be a part of this year's carol service.'

Proud! Talking about the upcoming event, Sir Rod Stewart said: ‘The power of music is limitless and I’m proud to be a part of this year’s carol service.’ 

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.

A source told MailOnline Dominic and Lily 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, 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 appearance: Lily has been seen on the Jimmy Fallon show in America since the scandal

TV appearance: Lily has been seen on the Jimmy Fallon show in America since the scandal 

Lily 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 actress 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.

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, Lily pulled out of a series of promotional appearances to plug Rebecca and has remained silent on the scandal ever since. 

She also pulled out of interviews with the Today show in America and an episode of The Graham Norton Show. 

Lily made her first TV appearance following the controversy on the Jimmy Fallon show without co-star Armie to discuss their film. She addressed Mamma Mia 3! rumours during the chat.

However Jimmy, 46, also 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 Rome, Ms James 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, she added: ‘He’s a brilliant Uncle Matthew, another mad sort of character. 

Awkward! Lily's awkwardly-timed comments about 'making mistakes', 'women having affairs' and her 'rebellious streak' also emerged in the wake of her scandal with Dominic

Awkward! Lily’s awkwardly-timed comments about ‘making mistakes’, ‘women having affairs’ and her ‘rebellious streak’ also emerged in the wake of her scandal with Dominic 

‘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.’ 

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

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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