Baby Reindeer's self-proclaimed 'real-life Martha' interviewed by Piers Morgan on Netflix show - what we learned

Martha sat down with Piers Morgan on his Uncensored show to 'set the record straight'
Fiona Harvey sat down with Piers Morgan on his Uncensored show to 'set the record straight' -Credit:Piers Morgan Uncensored

In her first bombshell broadcast interview, Baby Reindeer's self-proclaimed 'real-life' Martha sat down with TV's Piers Morgan to 'set the record straight' on the story that has caught the eyes of the world.

In the drama series, inspired by the experiences of comedian and writer Richard Gadd, his character Donny is stalked by a woman called Martha after he serves her a free cup of tea in the pub where he works.

Fiona Harvey, 58, the woman who claims to be the inspiration behind the character Martha in the hit Netflix series, said she had been 'forced' into doing the interview on Piers Morgan: Uncensored after being contacted by 'online sleuths' and sent death threats.

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Following its release viewers have been attempting track down the real Martha. Ms Harvey has come forward and claimed to be the inspiration behind the character, saying: "He's come up with this character called Martha and he has put me right in the frame."

Piers Morgan with "Real Life" Martha Fiona Harvey
Piers Morgan with 'Real Life Martha' Fiona Harvey -Credit:Handout

Netflix or Gadd himself have yet to comment on claims the woman is the 'real-life' Martha. Netflix's policy chief Benjamin King said yesterday that the streaming giant and the production company 'took every reasonable precaution in disguising the real-life identities of the people involved in that story'.

Here's what we learned from the hour-long interview, which was streamed on YouTube on Thursday night (May 9)...

Fiona denied sending Gadd over 40,000 emails

Morgan questioned whether Ms Harvey had sent Gadd over 40,000 emails, 350 hours of voice messages, 744 tweets, 48 Facebook messages and 106 letters.

She denied sending him thousands of emails, some of which were shown in the show, adding: "It's simply not true."

She added: "If somebody was sending somebody 41,000 emails or something, they'd be doing how many a day? Lots. How many would that take somebody to type up?" Pressed on where the information came from, she replied: "I've no idea."

She later said she sent him 'a few emails' and approximated 'less than 10' when questioned by Morgan, saying she sent him only 'jokey, bantery emails'.

Fiona claimed she only met Gadd a handful of times

Ms Harvey said that despite not actually watching the show, she thought it was 'horrifying' Gadd had promoted it. She first claimed she had only met Gadd 'two or three times' before later approximating it was 'five to six times'.

She said the show was a 'work of fiction'. She said she initially met Gadd having visiting the Hawley Arms pub for a meal. Ms Harvey denied Gadd offered her a cup of tea, as shown in the series.

"I was in for a meal with, a drink of lemonade, and I was very, very hungry. I'm diabetic, so, very hungry. So that's true," she said.

"it's a work of fiction," she continued about the show. "It's a work of hyperbole, as I've always said. There are two true facts in that. His name is Richard Gadd, and he works as a jobbing barman on benefits, in the Hawley Arms. We met, two or three times."

Fiona said jail sentence part of show was false and denies being his stalker

Ms Harvey said the scene in which Martha is jailed was 'complete nonsense' and that she was 'not a stalker' and had 'not been to jail'.

"It is completely untrue and very career-damaging," she said. "I want to rebuttal that. I'm not a stalker. It's just complete nonsense.

"[It is] very, very defamatory to me, very career damaging. And I wanted to rebut that completely on this show. I'm not a stalker. I've not been to jail, I've not got injunctions, interdicts. This is just complete nonsense."

Fiona claimed she had not received an apology from Gadd

Ms Harvey later claimed she had has not received an apology from the writer and comedian for the allegations made since the Netflix show aired.

"I mean, for someone who says he feels sorry for me, I've had no apology," she said. "And I have this Martha character who seems to have smashed up a bar, sexually assaulted him in a canal and been to prison."

She added that there were a 'number of other allegations' that were 'not true' in the show. She denied she was someone who needed help, which was widely referred to in the series.

Fiona said she didn't have Gadd's number and that she never left him voicemails

Ms Harvey said she never left voice messages for Gadd. Morgan asked: "Why would there even be a possibility of him having that number of voice messages from you?”

Ms Harvey responded. "I've not phoned the guy. I don't have his number.

"The only explanation for having a voicemail from me would be taping me in the Hawley Arms. That's the only place we've ever met. I mean, my point is, though, even if that were true, I didn't lunge at him across the bar. I didn't sexually assault him in a canal. I didn't go to jail.”

Fiona admitted having numerous phones and 'between four and six email addresses'

Ms Harvey said she might have up to six email addresses and used various mobile phones. She claimed she used the different emails and devices for various means, such as paying utility bills and for close friends.

"I like to keep people on different phones and different emails," she told Morgan. "Maybe four. I think it's four to six. Yeah, it' just easier, it's easier. So you have some for your utilities, some for close friends."

When Morgan said he didn't know anyone with six emails, she responded: "You don't know many people then, and I know... I know people with four or six email addresses."

"I like keeping people on separate phones, maybe that makes me a maniac or a stalker or something," Ms Harvey then joked.

Fiona claimed they only ever shared 'Scottish banter'

Grilled on whether the writer was ever her friend, she said: "No. No. Staff asked me that as well. No, I don't think so." She said the pair had shared 'Scottish banter' at the pub.

She said she was never in love with him, saying: "Is that a serious question? No. I'm not interested."

Fiona shared final direct message to viewers

Ms Harvey shared a final message to viewers at the end of the interview. Looking into the camera, she said: "I think you should look at him saying that I'm some sort of mental case and I think you should judge for yourselves. I can't change your mind on this... I can just rebut what has been said, but you need to make up your mind."