Friends of Baby Reindeer's real-life Martha slam claims she is moving to Scotland

Friends of the real-life Martha have dismissed rumours that Fiona Harvey is planning a move to Scotland to be near a Scottish lawyer.

Harvey, aged 58 and the real-life inspiration behind the character of Martha in Richard Gadd's critically acclaimed Netflix series Baby Reindeer, has been at the centre of speculation following comments made on Piers Morgan Uncensored.

Faculty advocate Laura Wray, 62, expressed her concerns to the seasoned broadcaster about Harvey potentially house hunting in Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire, close to where she resides, writes the Daily Record.

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Wray shared her unease: "I thought she was down in London but a few weeks ago we were told that in the little village called Buchlyvie, which is where she's from originally, she's been looking to buy a house."

She continued, highlighting her distress: "So I'm extremely concerned that this woman not only is abusing me on the internet, on her Facebook pages and on every opportunity she can defeat me but she might also be moving close to where I live."

However, a friend of Harvey, who is based in London, refuted these claims, stating: "Fiona wants people to know it's not true that there is no way she is moving to Scotland to be closer to Laura Wray."

The friend clarified Harvey's current situation: "She hasn't been house-hunting in Scotland in recent weeks. She is barely able to go out of her own home in London because she worries about being recognised."

Real life ‘Baby Reindeer’ Fiona Harvey in London
Real life ‘Baby Reindeer’ Fiona Harvey in London -Credit:Daily Record

Moreover, the friend emphasised the lack of recent interaction between the two: "She's had no contact with Wray going on 25 years."

The tension escalates as Wray considers legal action against Harvey, who is suing Netflix over the portrayal in Baby Reindeer. The friend concluded with Harvey's stance on the potential lawsuit: "Fiona said she won't get a penny."

Back in 1997, Wray offered Harvey, an alumnus of the University of Aberdeen's law school, a trial stint at her legal practice.

Harvey's charges included her reportedly pouring out a stream of voicemails and allegedly spreading false claims about Wray's family, which led to Wray seeking an interim interdict against her.

Wray stated: "I don't know what she's capable of but if somebody threatens to kill you, on several occasions, just because they may have personality disorders, doesn't mean that they won't actually try and do it.

"I seem to have been her major obsession over all these years because it's lasted the longest with me so I could quite see depending on how you looked at things that she could have me as some sort of enemy and maybe feels compelled to do something to harm me further."

When questioned about her message for Harvey, Wray said: "My message would be... I think you need to get some psychiatric help as soon as possible and I think you need to get off Facebook and stop sending emails and so on to people because you're doing yourself no favours if you are going to sue Netflix."

In addition, Wray disclosed that supporters of Harvey on social media mistakenly identified her as Richard Gadd's actual trans girlfriend who is attacked in Baby Reindeer.

According to Wray: "My colleagues at the bar have been very supportive but certainly online I've had adverse comments. There is now a Fiona Harvey support group that are commenting that I look like a man and that I am Richard Gadd's trans girlfriend. They're suggesting that might be the case and I'd like to refute both of those."

Wray opened up about her experience on Morgan's YouTube show, which came shortly after Harvey's first onscreen interview. Before this, Harvey had been giving exclusive interviews to the Daily Record.

Wray revealed that Netflix's legal team contacted her a week prior, but they didn't manage to keep Harvey's identity under wraps. She recounted: "Their solicitor spoke to me. Really what they wanted from me was a copy of the interim interdict."

"I hadn't heard from them before that. Certainly nobody approached me to say there's going to be a story coming out in which it will be very obvious that you are one of the victims."

Wray expressed disappointment with Richard Gadd for suggesting that individuals in his series wouldn't recognise themselves.

She argued: "I do think that when he says that he changed all the details so that people wouldn't recognise her and she wouldn't recognise herself, that that is just untrue."

"He could have easily made her someone who wasn't a lookalike of Fiona Harvey, perhaps an accountant or a doctor instead."