EntertainmentReal-life 'Baby Reindeer' Stalker to Confront Claims on TV

Real-life 'Baby Reindeer' Stalker to Confront Claims on TV

Jessica Gunning played a stalker in the hit "Reniferku"
Jessica Gunning played a stalker in the hit "Reniferku"
Images source: © Press materials, X | Piers Morgan

11:17 AM EDT, May 9, 2024

"Baby Reindeer" has quickly become Netflix's biggest hit recently. Tackling complex subjects such as stalking, sexual violence, and defining sexual orientation, the series has garnered immense popularity, a buzz further fueled by its basis in real-life events. Unsurprisingly, the announcement about the original stalker's appearance caused quite a stir.

The storyline intricately weaves the relationship between a bartender who aspires to be a comedian and his stalker, Martha. The revelation, as part of the promotional strategy, that this narrative is rooted in actual events, fed into the fervor of Netflix enthusiasts.

Despite the creators' clear disapproval, spearheaded by Richard Gadd himself, internet users launched their investigations, eager to uncover the real identities of the "villains" in the series: the rapist and the protagonist's tormentor. It was only a matter of time before the real-life inspiration for screen Martha came forward.

What a plot twist: The real-life stalker from "Baby Reindeer" appears on television

At the end of April, it was reported that the woman believed to have inspired the stalker character in "Baby Reindeer" was outraged by the production and considering legal action. The previously anonymous individual disclosed in a Daily Mail interview that she has received death threats. She claims that Gadd is obsessed with her and that his production serves as revenge.

"She looks like me when I put on weight during quarantine, but really, I don't consider myself unattractive," she remarked about her Netflix depiction in the interview. Some international media have speculated that she is Fiona Harvey, known in the past for harassing British politician Jimmy Wray and his spouse, Laura.

Unexpectedly, the honest Martha stepped into the limelight in dramatic fashion! On the night of May 9th, she will appear on "Piers Morgan Uncensored" on YouTube. Morgan publicized the upcoming interview on his social media a day before, branding it as a "world-exclusive" where Fiona Harvey intends to "set the record straight." A photo of the host with Harvey was also shared on the X platform.

Morgan's profile featured a video mirroring the series' style of intercut scene boards, teasing the highly anticipated face-off with the original stalker. As highlighted by The Hollywood Reporter, this reveal came just hours after film and television projects were discussed in the British parliament. Benjamin King, representing Netflix, reassured that "Baby Reindeer"’s team had taken extensive measures to conceal the identities of the individuals depicted in the play and, subsequently, in Gadd's series.

Harvey’s television appearance triggered a whirlwind of reactions online. Beyond the palpable excitement and curiosity about the interview, many criticized Morgan's invitation as unethical, particularly given the unresolved questions surrounding Harvey's mental health and her potentially obsessive behaviors.

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