Lily James: A Full Relationship History

The actress has is dating musician Michael Shuman.

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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Lily James has become something of a fixture on our screens in recent years. After rising to fame via Downton Abbey and Disney's Cinderella, in the last year we've loved her in Netflix's Rebecca and The Dig. She's taking the lead in BBC One's The Pursuit Of Love, and now she's in the US to shoot a Hulu series about the iconic Pamela Anderson. It's while there that she was spotted with Michael Shuman, a musician, confirming that the pair are very much together.

In February, Lily was photographed leaving a Suffolk hotel, where she was staying while filming What's Love Got To Do With It? She was with Michael, bassist for Queens of the Stone Age, meaning that they've now been dating for at least three months.

Last year, Lily James was linked to The Affair actor Dominic West after the pair were pictured in Italy, sharing a scooter and enjoying a very cosy al fresco lunch. Lily and Dominic were co-starring in an adaptation of beloved novel The Pursuit of Love, but speculation mounted about their relationship when it was noticed that Dominic wasn't wearing his wedding ring. The trailer has also landed recently, which explains a sudden resurgence in interest surrounding the story, and naturally the fact that they appear together on screen on Sunday nights has a lot of people wondering what went on. Lily has addressed the furore, briefly, telling The Observer that, while there's a lot to say, 'not now.'

Since the incident, Dominic - and his wife Catherine FitzGerald - have insisted that their marriage is 'strong' and that they are 'very much still together'.

All that drama followed Lily's break up with Matt Smith earlier that summer. The pair had been together for several years - but in May, reports stated that Lily and Matt were giving their five-year relationship another try over lockdown. But, sadly, this didn't appear to work. The pair originally split following rumours Matt had grown close to The Crown co-star Claire Foy.

Here, we look at who else the Mamma Mia 2 actress has dated - including her brief romance with Hollywood star Chris Evans.


Lily James Relationship Timeline

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Jack Fox

Lily dated Jack Fox - yes, that's the brother of Laurence Fox - in 2011. The Fresh Meat star was her first high profile romance with an actor - and everyone she has been linked to since has also been in the profession. The couple broke up in 2011 on friendly terms, with Jack later saying in an interview that he would 'never have a bad word for her'.

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Matt Smith

Remember Pride And Prejudice And Zombies? No? That's probably a good thing. Anyway, Matt, 37, and Lily met on the set of the film and were together for five years. They rarely spoke about their relationship, but they did make quite a few red carpet appearances together. There was speculation the couple were engaged when she wore a diamond ring to the Baftas in 2018. They eventually broke up following claims Matt had embarked on a romance with his The Crown co-star Claire Foy.

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Chris Evans

The internet went into meltdown - and hearts across the world were broken - when Lily was linked with Captain America, Chris Evans. Lily and Chris, 39, were spied getting the same taxi back to London's Corinthia Hotel in July of last year, after spending the night together in a private members' club in Mayfair. They were then seen eating ice cream together at a London park - but alas, the dalliance isn't thought to have lasted any longer.

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Dominic West

Lily and Dominic were pictured in an embrace in Rome last summer, where it looks like Dominic was kissing her neck. It also looked like he wasn't wearing his wedding ring. Since, still not wearing his wedding ring, Dominic has told reporters that his marriage to Catherine FitzGerald is 'stronger than ever', with the pair kissing outside their house - and handing reporters a note with the statement: 'Our marriage is strong and we're very much still together'.In The Pursuit of Love, Dominic is believed to be playing the father of Lily's character, Linda. They have worked together previously: Lily played Desdemona, and Dominic Iago, in a 2011 stage production of Othello.

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Michael Shuman

Lily and Michael - bassist for Queens of the Stone Age - were spotted in Suffolk, leaving a boutique hotel on Valentine's Day weekend.

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