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Richard Gadd has spoken out about Fiona Harvey being outed as ‘real Martha’ for first time

‘If I wanted the real life people to be found, I would have made it a documentary’


Straight after Baby Reindeer was released and people began speculating about who the real life Martha or Darrien might be, Richard Gadd released a statement on Instagram urging people not to speculate about the real-life people behind the show.

He said: “Hi everyone, people I love, have worked with, and admire (including Sean Foley) are unfairly getting caught up in speculation. Please don’t speculate on who any of the real-life people could be. That’s not the point of our show.”

But since then, the situation really has escalated with the real-life Martha Fiona Harvey not only outing herself but also appearing on Piers Morgan’s show Uncensored.

And so now Richard Gadd has spoken out in his first interview since then, telling The Hollywood Reporter how he’ll never comment on it again and if he wanted people to be found, he would have made a documentary.

He said: “I can’t confirm or deny anything relating to the real life people who the characters are based on in the show. I know for every single part, there’s been about five or six people who have been sort of named as each part, even all the way down to the pub manager. The Internet’s always going to do its thing. I can’t really comment on that. There was a video the other day of someone had sent me of someone claiming to be Teri. I’d never met them before in my life. The internet just does this thing and I just have to let it do its thing. And that’s that.

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He continued: “I don’t agree with the sleuth thing. I’ve put out a statement publicly saying I want the show to be received as a piece of art, and I want the show to people to enjoy as a piece of art. I’m called Donny Dunn. It exists in a sort of fictional realm, even though it’s based on truth, it exists in a fictional realm, let’s enjoy the world that I’ve created.

“If I wanted the real life people to be found, I would’ve made it a documentary. I’ve spoken publicly about how I don’t want people to do it and if I start playing a game of whack-a-mole, then I’m almost adding to it. I don’t think I’ll ever comment on it ever again.”

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