Four things 'real life' Martha from Baby Reindeer claims are untrue in Piers Morgan interview

The woman claiming to be the real life Martha from Baby Reindeer spoke out during an interview with Piers Morgan tonight.

Fiona Harvey insists that she is the inspiration behind stalker Martha in the hit Netflix show Baby Reindeer.

The programme tells the story of writer and comedian Richard Gadd’s experience of being stalked by a woman named Martha, reports the Mirror.

In the seven part series, Martha is a terrifying stalker who winds up with a nine month prison sentence for a campaign of harassment against the comic after meeting him in a Camden pub. During an interview with Piers Morgan tonight, she claims several things were untrue, including that he never offered her a free cup of tea, and she never messaged him as much as she said she did.

The Netflix show is marketed as a 'true story' but, in the interview, she told Piers: "It's completely untrue. 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. And this is just complete nonsense."

Offer of tea

The "real life" Martha disputed that she had been offered a free cup of tea when he was working in the boozer. Asked directly about that, she said it was completely untrue.

She explained: "No, that's not correct. He didn't offer me a cup of tea… 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."


In the show, Martha sent some 41,000 emails, 350 hours of voice messages, 744 tweets, 48 Facebook messages, and 106 letters to Gadd but the self-proclaimed "Martha" has denied this was the case in her experience, insisting she did have correspondence with him but not of this volume.

Asked about this, she said: "That's simply not true. If somebody was sending somebody 41,000 emails or something, they'd be doing how many a day? Lots." When asked what she did send, she later added: "Now, none of that's true. I don't think I sent him anything… No, I think there may have been a couple of emails exchanging, but that was it. Just jokey banter emails. There may have been a couple of emails," but insisted she never sent text messages or Facebook messages.

When asked if she tweeted him, she added: "I may have done years and years ago… No, it wasn't numerous. It's about 18 tweets."

Fiona Harvey
Piers Morgan and Fiona Harvey ahead of the show

Smashing up a bar

The 'real life' Martha has insisted she had never smashed up a bar. She told Piers tonight: "We've had no apologies from Netflix or him, nothing. I mean, for someone who says he feels sorry for me, I've had no apology. My character seems to have smashed up a bar, sexually assaulted him in a canal, been to prison. There are a number of other allegations, and… That's not true.”

Jail time

She also denied she has ever faced jail for what happened. The 'real life' Martha has said she did not watch the show and has no plans to - admitting she'd be "sick" if she ever laid eyes on the Netflix show.

Asked if she's seen it, she told Piers: "Not at all. I've heard about the court scene, about the jail sentences and all this sort of stuff… I haven't watched any of it. I think I’d be sick [if I watched it]. It's taken over enough of my life. I find it quite obscene. I find it horrifying, misogynistic. Some of the death threats have been really terrible online. People phoning me up. You know, it's been absolutely horrendous. I wouldn't give credence to something like that and it's not really my kind of drama."

What is true

During the interview, the woman claiming to be the 'real life' Martha called the Netflix show a 'work of fiction', and said there were only two true facts in it.

"It's a work of fiction. It's a work of hyperbole, as I've always said. And 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. And we met, two or three times," she told Piers.

Netflix or Gadd himself have yet to comment on claims that Fiona Harvey is the 'real-life' Martha.

Netflix's policy chief Benjamin King said yesterday that the streaming service and the production company "took every reasonable precaution in disguising the real-life identities of the people involved in that story."

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