Real-Life ‘Baby Reindeer’ Woman Claims “Richard Gadd Is Stalking Me”

Baby reindeer took the world by storm. The Netflix drama about a stalker and his victim has been viewed more than 13 million times since its launch a fortnight ago, ranking at number one on the streamer charts in more than 30 countries, including the UK and US -United.

This has inevitably sparked a lot of speculation on the internet about the real identities of some of the characters given fictional names in the series, and while Richard Gadd – who wrote the series based on his own previous experience of harassment and who plays the role of the main protagonist “Donny” – has requested that people not try to find out who people really are, the woman identified as the real “Martha” has now spoken out to say that she has received death threats and abuse from Gadd supporters.

The woman, that the Daily Mail interviewed without revealing her name, told the newspaper that she believed Gadd was “bullying an older woman for fame and fortune.” She reportedly said: “He uses Baby reindeer to hunt me down now. I am the victim. He wrote a bloody series about me.

The woman, who denied to the newspaper that she had harassed Gadd, accused him of suffering from “main character syndrome” and took issue with certain aspects of the drama:

“I have never owned a toy baby reindeer, nor would I have had a conversation with Richard Gadd about a childhood toy.”

Gadd revealed that more than four and a half years ago he received 41,071 emails, 744 tweets, letters totaling 106 pages and 350 hours of voicemails from an older woman, played by Jessica Gunning in the hit series. The woman says:

“She kind of looks like me after putting on four stone during lockdown, but I’m not really unattractive.”

Both Gadd and Gunning urged viewers not to try to guess the identities of those in attendance. Baby reindeerwith Gadd writing on Instagram: “That’s not the point of the show.”

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News Source : deadline.com


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