Love Actually’s deleted scenes from a lesbian romance to a couple in Africa

It’s nearly Christmas, which always brings with it seemingly endless repeats of Richard Curtis ' rom-com movie classic Love Actually .

Deleted scenes from the romantic comedy have resurfaced and are totally heartbreaking; one featuring a lesbian couple in a tragic romance and another of an African couple supporting each other through famine.

The festive film first hit cinemas back in 2003 and each year thousands of families sit down to watch the classic film in the run up to Christmas.

A scene from the movie which was scrapped from the final edit has reappeared online, featuring a lesbian love story.

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The plot featured a stern headmistress – played by  Anne Reid  – who returns from work to tend to her terminally ill partner Geraldine – played by Frances de la Tour.

The twosome were linked to the wider story by the subplot involving Emma Thompson, whose son was a pupil at Reid's school.

As the headmistress tells her visibly sick partner about her day, it's clear that Geraldine is full of spirit despite her illness.

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The pair share just two short scenes together, with the second one featuring Geraldine coughing in bed before being comforted by the headmistress.

Movie viewers were supposed to watch a scene in which the duo bicker over their differing tastes in fancy sausages and display wicked senses of humours, before cuddling up at night.

In the recently-resurfaced deleted scene, the two are tucked into bed and Geraldine is seen coughing violently in her sleep.

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The scene then cuts to the school’s Christmas show where Emma’s character makes a moving speech about the headmistress’ loss.

There are only heterosexual couples in the final version of Love Actually, leaving many to wish that Director Richard Curtis had kept this touching subplot in. 

Richard later explained that the story was meant to show that each person has their own complicated tale of love.

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Director Richard Curtis said of the scene on the DVD's bonus footage: "I was really sorry to lose this.

"The idea was meant to be that you just casually meet this very stern headmistress, but later on in the film we suddenly fell in with her and you realise that, no matter how unlikely it seems, any character you come across in life has their own complicated tale of love."

Apparently in an effort to show that "love actually is all around", Curtis and the team shot also shot scenes in Kenya that were never used.

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The storyline cut after filming was of an African couple who had supported each other through famine.

The 2003 romantic comedy boats several emotional and intertwining storylines featuring a large ensemble cast of many of Britain’s finest actors.

The relationships range from platonic friendships to romantic love triangles, but they all have one thing in common: they only feature heterosexual couples.

The festive favourite is watched by many in the run-up to Christmas with an all-star cast including Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley and Colin Firth.

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