Baby Reindeer: release date, cast, plot, trailer, interview, first looks and everything we know

 Baby Reindeer on Netflix is about comedian Richard Gadd's experience of being stalked.
Baby Reindeer on Netflix is about comedian Richard Gadd's experience of being stalked.
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Baby Reindeer sees comedian Richard Gadd bring his award-winning play to Netflix. As with the stage show, Richard will play himself as the series focuses on his real-life experience with a female stalker and the trauma it forced him to face head on. The Outlaws star Jessica Gunning plays his stalker ‘Martha’, who becomes obsessed after Richard serves her in the pub and gives her a free cup of tea.

“I think no matter how flawed I am in the story, and no matter how difficult it is to watch, a story like that needs to be told,” Richard previously said about his hit play. “It does drain you. Talking about stuff that’s real is exhausting. Because it’s vulnerable, and some parts still hurt, and some parts still feel awkward and messy.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the Netflix series adaptation of Baby Reindeer

Help me! Where can Richard Gadd hide in Baby Reindeer?
Help me! Where can Richard Gadd hide in Baby Reindeer?

Baby Reindeer release date

The series Baby Reindeer will launch on Netflix on Thursday April 11 2024.

Is there a trailer for Baby Reindeer?

Yes you can watch both the official trailer and a teaser trailer for Baby Reindeer below. You can also see a trailer for Richard Gadd's previous stage play of Baby Reindeer below the teaser...

Baby Reindeer plot

Baby Reindeer sees Richard Gadd play a fictionalised version of himself called Donny Dunn and the story will follow Richard's own experience at the hands of a woman who became obsessed with him. He gave her a free cup of tea in the pub where he worked and admits he initially flirted with her out of pity. But then ‘Martha’ started a terrifying stalking campaign, including sending him 41,071 emails, 350 hours of voicemail, 744 tweets, 46 Facebook messages, 106 pages of letters, sleeping pills, a woolly hat, a pair of brand-new boxer shorts and a cuddly reindeer toy. She also turned up at his comedy gigs and waited outside his house. In the series, Richard also examines his own culpability and explores why the law failed to help him.

The Baby Reindeer nightmare starts for Richard when he meets 'Martha' at a bar.
The Baby Reindeer nightmare starts for Richard when he meets 'Martha' at a bar.

Baby Reindeer cast — Richard Gadd on playing himself as Donny Dunn

Comedian Richard Gadd brings to life his real-life experience with a stalker by playing fictionalised Donny Dunn in Baby Reindeer.

"In the height of it all, I would go to bed at night and still hear her in my ears. Her voice swirling around my head," Richard recalls. ‘Her words leaping around my eyelids as I tried to sleep. Sometimes it was like she was there in the room with me. In the bed beside me, even."

We see how Richard met Martha when he was working in a pub and gave her a free cup of tea. But then Martha became obsessed, bombarding him with messages, sending him gifts and turning up at his shows and outside his home. At the time Richard had just won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for his show Monkey See Monkey Do, which detailed the sexual abuse he suffered as a newcomer to the industry.

Richard admits.:  "It was a big moment for me. Coming clean with what happened after so many years suffering in silence. But any good feeling was tempered by my phone ringing every single minute of every day where I was met with a whole gamut of Martha’s emotions from hurled insults to deep expressions of love and longing. It was too much for anyone to bear,"

* Richard Gadd previously starred in Wedding Season, Code 404, Outlander, Humans and Truth Serum.

Richard Gadd plays out his own stalking nightmare in Baby Reindeer.
Richard Gadd plays out his own stalking nightmare in Baby Reindeer.

Jessica Gunning as 'Martha'

Jessica Gunning plays obsessed stalker 'Martha' in Baby Reindeer. She perviously played Diane Pemberley in the hit BBC1 series The Outlaws and has also starred in the movie Pride, plus Summerland, Fortitude, White Heat, Law and Order: UK and Trollied.

Jessica Gunning as obsessed stalker Martha.
Jessica Gunning as obsessed stalker Martha.
TV tonight The stars of The Outlaws.
TV tonight The stars of The Outlaws.

Who else is starring in Baby Reindeer?

Baby Reindeer also stars The Sandman’s Danny Kirrane who plays Gino while newcomer Nava Mau is Teri and Tom Goodman-Hill is Darrien.

Hugh Coles, Jamie Michie, Joe Bone, Charlie Bentley, Nicol Shaw, Guy Robbins, Chloe Driver and Nicholas McCluskey round out the cast.

Nava Mau is Teri with RIchard Gadd in Baby Reindeer.
Nava Mau is Teri with RIchard Gadd in Baby Reindeer.