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  • Netflix’s “Baby Reindeer,” tells the story of a male comedian whom an older woman stalked.
  • Writer Richard Gadd, who also stars in the show, based it on his own experience with stalking.
  • A woman who believes the stalker character is based on her has come forward.

A woman who believes the stalker character in Netflix’s latest hit series “Baby Reindeer” is based on her has said she is considering taking legal action against the Netflix show.

The woman, who The Daily Mail interviewed without revealing her name, said she was considering taking the show’s creator, Richard Gadd, Netflix, and others involved to court on the grounds of defamation.

The series, created by, written by, and starring Gadd is based on the Scottish comedian’s one-person stage show of the same name and inspired by his experience of being stalked over four years.

In the show, Gadd plays a fictionalized version of himself who begins to be hounded by an older woman named Martha Scott (Jessica Gunning) after they strike up a conversation in a pub where he works.


The series has been widely praised for its compassionate portrayal of stalking — both from the side of the victim and the stalker, who, in this case, is shown to be suffering from untreated mental health issues.

However, the hit show stirred up social media sleuths who made it their mission to expose the identity of Gadd’s real stalker, as well as an older male comedy writer (played by Tom Goodman-Hill) who sexually abused him.

Jessica Gunning as Martha Scott in “Baby Reindeer.”

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While Gadd himself has asked audiences to stop playing detective in the hopes of working out who the characters are based on, a woman who has been accused on social media of being the real-life Martha has now spoken out. She has alleged that she has received “death threats and abuse from Richard Gadd supporters.”

She told the Mail that she felt Gadd was “bullying an older woman on television for fame and fortune” and criticized the creator’s attempts to hide her identity, noting that viewers of the show had tracked her down.


“He’s using ‘Baby Reindeer’ to stalk me now,” the unnamed woman said. “I’m the victim. He’s written a bloody show about me.”

She also disputed elements of the seven-part drama: “I’ve never owned a toy baby reindeer, and I wouldn’t have had any conversation with Richard Gadd about a childhood toy either.”

The woman denied being a stalker, and she told the Mail that the award-winning comedian has got “‘main character syndrome.'”

Richard Gadd as Donny Dunn in “Baby Reindeer.”


Following its release in mid-April, “Baby Reindeer” has become a surprise hit for Netflix, having risen to No. 1 on the streamer’s chart in more than 30 countries. According to Deadline, the limited series has been viewed more than 13 million times since its launch.


Although the series has been billed as a true story, Gadd has said that he has employed artistic license in crafting his characters.

On the character of Matha, he told GQ: “We’ve gone to such great lengths to disguise her to the point that I don’t think she would recognize herself. What’s been borrowed is an emotional truth, not a fact-by-fact profile of someone.”

He also told Variety that “due to where things ended in real life,” he wasn’t concerned about his real stalker attempting to contact him due to the show’s popularity.

Disclosure: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider’s parent company, Axel Springer, is a Netflix board member.