Dominic West is not the only married man with whom Lily James has found her name intertwined.
Sources close to Rebecca co-star Armie Hammer and his wife say their marriage went into a nose-dive in the fall of 2019 after she found passionate texts and letters from a mystery woman who signed herself ‘Adeline’.
Adeline’s’ real identity is a mystery. But intriguingly, around the same time as the apparent dalliance, Armie was shooting the movie Rebecca, released on Netflix Wednesday, with co-star Lily James.
It was Lily’s intimate break with new co-star Dominic West in Rome this week that became the subject of frenzied international speculation after they were photographed in several compromising clinches.
And, while her Mrs. de Winter character in the adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel has no first name, James was referred to as Adeline on the movie call sheets and on her trailer, sources claim.
Adeline also happens to be the name of a character in another du Maurier novel, Hungry Hill.
Dominic West is not the only married man Lily James has been linked with. She flirted with her then very married Rebecca co-star Armie Hammer, sources exclusively told DailyMail.com
James and Hammer shared steamy scenes in Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, which premiers on Netflix October 21
Earlier this month, the 31-year-old actress caused a media storm when she was photographed in a steamy embrace with West on a getaway to Rome, leading the 51-year-old to scurry back to his wife and pose for photos outside their marital home. Their marriage was intact and as strong as ever, he declared
Hammer, 34, had been happily married to Elizabeth Chambers, with whom he has two children, at the time of the filming of Rebecca in the summer of 2019
This week sources on the set told the Mail that Lily James seemed to be flirting with her then very married co-star Hammer even though she knew the father-of-two was happily married to Elizabeth Chambers, 38.
At the time, former Downton star James’ relationship with her longtime boyfriend, actor Matt Smith, 37, had been cooling and observers said the Beauty appeared to be ‘smitten’ with Hammer from the moment she laid eyes on him.
Said one source: ‘She was not subtle. And he was into it, no doubt about it. She was touching him constantly, giving him long smoldering looks.'
They added: 'While he was filming, he chose to have weeks away in the English countryside instead of returning to see his family who were also in the UK. This is all very typical of him.'
Things finally came crashing down when Chambers discovered passionate messages between Hammer and the woman who called herself Adeline, the source said. Hammer also had a number saved in his phone under the same name.
Chambers was 'devastated', sparking a downward spiral that ended with Hammer and Chambers jointly announcing they were divorcing after 10 years of marriage in July.
Hammer and James began filming Netflix’s adaptation of the Gothic novel Rebecca in the UK in June of 2019, shooting in Devon, Dorset and Hertfordshire.
They added: 'While he was filming, he chose to have weeks away in the countryside instead of returning home to see his family, despite being away from them for several months at a time. This is all very typical of him'
On July 10, they both released an identical statement announcing their split, writing ‘Thirteen years as best friends, soulmates, partners and then parents'
When filming wrapped in August, Hammer and his family returned to Los Angeles but he returned to London alone weeks later.
Following his return to Los Angeles things really reached the point of no return, after Chambers discovered messages between Armie and ‘Adeline,’ the source said.
‘Elizabeth was devastated, heartbroken,’ they explained.
‘But they had 13 wonderful years together. She wasn’t about to throw away her marriage for one indiscretion.
‘She is an amazing woman. She doesn’t deserve this. You couldn’t ask for a more stunning devoted wife and she’s a great mom to their two little ones.’
Chambers decided to stick it out and work with Hammer on their marriage, even going to couple’s therapy. They had plans to renew their vows.
Chambers and Hammer were in the midst of their therapy when Covid-19 struck in mid-March. In April they announced their family was quarantining in the Cayman Islands - where Hammer had lived for five years as a child.
But the source explained that Hammer couldn't take the close quarters and after two months, said he was going home to Los Angeles.
However, he went to Miami and accidentally sent Chambers a sexually explicit text from yet another woman that she knew wasn’t meant for her, the insider said.
That was the final straw for Chambers and on July 10, they both released an identical statement announcing their split, writing ‘Thirteen years as best friends, soulmates, partners and then parents.
‘It has been an incredible journey, but together, we’ve decided to turn the page and