‘Baby Reindeer’ Real-Life Stalker Considering Legal Action for Defamation From Netflix Show

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The real-life alleged stalker just fired off claiming that she is unhappy with the show Baby Reindeer from Netflix.

In an interview with Daily Mail, the woman, which remained anonymous, spoke to the publisher on how the show portrays her.

The show’s creator, writer, and star Richard Gadd depicts the 58-year-old London woman portrayed by Jessica Stunning as someone who becomes obsessed with him.

The real-life persona claims that due to the portrayal by Jessica Gunning has resulted in “death threats and abuse from Richard Gadd supporters.”

“He’s using Baby Reindeer to stalk me now,” she said, arguing that Gadd was “bullying an older woman on television for fame and fortune.”

Richard Gadd and Jessica Gunning in 'Baby Reindeer.'
Richard Gadd and Jessica Gunning in ‘Baby Reindeer.’ PHOTO: ED MILLER/NETFLIX

“I’m the victim. He’s written a bloody show about me,” she added.

Much of the details in the series were changed to protect identities. Yet, the woman claims she shares several similarities with character Martha.


Looking at both, the character and real-life persona Scottish, studied law, have a history of stalking and are more than 20 years older than Gadd.

They also look somewhat alike, she claimed. “She sort of looks like me after I put on four stone during lockdown but I’m not actually unattractive,” the woman said of Martha.

Yet, there are key differences between the two characters as well.

Jessica Gunning as Martha in 'Baby Reindeer.'. PHOTO: ED MILLER/NETFLIX
Jessica Gunning as Martha in ‘Baby Reindeer.’. PHOTO: ED MILLER/NETFLIX

While the season finale finally explains why Martha started calling Donny (Gadd) “baby reindeer” — he resembled a stuffed toy reindeer Martha had and adored growing up — the woman said she’s “never owned a toy baby reindeer.”

“I wouldn’t have had any conversation with Richard Gadd about a childhood toy either,” she added.

Over the course of four years, Gadd claims that the real-life counterpart sent him over 41,071 emails, 350 hours of voicemail, 744 tweets, 46 Facebook messages and 106 pages of letters.


Gadd, 34, went to the police about the situation in the end, but admits that authorities were not too helpful. Many were skeptical due to his stalker’s gender.

Jessica Gunning as Martha in 'Baby Reindeer.'. PHOTO: ED MILLER/NETFLIX
Jessica Gunning as Martha in ‘Baby Reindeer.’. PHOTO: ED MILLER/NETFLIX

“When a man gets stalked, it can be portrayed in films and television as a sexy thing,” he recently told The Times. “Like a femme fatale who gradually becomes more sinister. It doesn’t carry as much threat of physical violence, is less common and can be trivialized.”

In an Instagram Stories post from Monday, April 22, Gadd requested that viewers not “speculate” about who his past abusers were, which also included a successful TV writer who sexually assaulted him.

“Hi Everyone, People I love, have worked with, and admire (including Sean Foley) are unfairly getting caught up in speculation,” he wrote in the post. “Please don’t speculate on who any of the real life people could be. That’s not the point of our show. Lots of love, Richard x X.”

Martha is considering taking legal action claiming that Gadd has “main character syndrome.”

All 7 episodes of Baby Reindeer are available to stream on Netflix.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.

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