The Pursuit of Love viewers left cringing as they discover Dominic West and Lily James play father and daughter

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The Pursuit of Love viewers were left cringing when the show kicked off on BBC One on Sunday 9 May.

Dominic West and Lily James star in the series, which has aired months after the pair were photographed looking close in Rome together.

Following the bombshell snaps, viewers were left saying their roles as father and daughter in the series is a “bit weird” and “awkward”.

Dominic, 51, plays Matthew Radeltt in the TV adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s novel of the same name, while 32 year old Lily plays Matthew’s daughter Linda.

As the series debuted, scenes showed married actor Dominic’s short-tempered character having a number of outbursts at Lily’s character Linda – including a moment where he threatens his daughter with a whip.

Viewers of the BBC show took to Twitter to share their reaction to Dominic and Lily’s roles in the show, with some calling it a “bit weird”.

One wrote: “Ah I see this is where Lily James and Dominic West’s “friendship” began then. #pursuitoflove.”

Another added: “Well, it’s a bit awkward watching The Pursuit of Love where Dominic West plays Lily James’ dad when you know they got, erm, ‘close’ during filming..! ThePursuitOfLove.”

While someone else shared: “Bit weird the whole Lily James and Dominic West thing when he’s playing her Dad in The Pursuit of Love.”

And a third shuddered: “Can't really get past the whole Lily James and Dominic West thing given that they play father and daughter #ThePursuitOfLove.”

Dominic, who is married to Catherine Fitzgerald, and Lily hit the headlines last year as they were photographed looking close during a trip to Rome together.

In the snaps, the actors were seen enjoying a scooter ride together, with Lily stood on the front part of the two-wheeled vehicle as Dominic held on to the handlebars while stood behind the actress.

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Following the release of the bombshell snaps, Dominic and his wife Catherine, 49, made a joint statement outside their home.

After they shared a kiss outside their house, the couple left a note for the press, which read: “Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together. Thank you” before signing off the message.

Lily was recently quizzed over the photographs during an interview with The Guardian.

She was asked: “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?”

Lily then responded: “Ach, I'm not really willing to talk about that. There is a lot to say, but not now, I'm afraid.”

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