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‘Baby Reindeer’: real-life Martha speaks out in first TV interview

The woman the character is allegedly based on has threatened legal action against creator Richard Gadd.

By Will Richards

The woman believed to be the inspiration for Baby Reindeer character Martha has spoken out on TV for the first time to deny that the show is rooted in reality.

The hit Netflix series was written and created by Richard Gadd, and tells the real-life story of his life and struggles with a serial stalker.

Since the show aired, many believe that the character Martha – Gadd’s long-time stalker – is based on Scottish woman Fiona Harvey.

Last night saw Harvey appear on Piers Morgan Uncensored, where she denied many aspects of the story and threatened Gadd with legal action.

When asked by Morgan what she’d say to Gadd if he was watching the show, Havey responded: “Leave me alone please, get a life, get a proper job.”

She added: “I am horrified at what you’ve done.”

Speaking to the Daily Record earlier in the week, Harvey said she finally gave press permission to identify her as the inspiration for Martha “because people have to know what is going on.”

Of the show’s content, she added: “None of this happened. It’s a load of rubbish.”

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Saying she has never been to prison like the TV show said, Harvey threatened legal action against Gadd and Netflix, saying: “Gadd needs to prove I went to jail which just didn’t happen. I’ve never been sent to jail. That is blatantly obvious.

“Police at your door would be the first thing, then you’d be charged, then you would have a trial. Then you’d be fined or something or go to prison.

She added: “This is all made up and hyperbole. There are no restraining orders, injunctions or interdicts anywhere. There’s just no way. I’ve not had the police at my door about any of these things.

“It’s a load of rubbish. I don’t have any money but I’m a perfectly capable lawyer so I will represent myself.”