Baby Reindeer: Writer Richard Gadd tells fans to stop speculating about characters

Richard Gadd has urged fans of his hit show Baby Reindeer to stop speculating about who the characters in his show are based on in real life.

The Netflix series is based on the real-life story of its writer Gadd, who also plays the lead character, and his warped relationship with a female stalker.

Fans have been speculating online about the identity of the stalker played by Jessica Gunning in real life (spoiler warning), as well as who another character, seen sexually assaulting Gadd in the series, is based on.

The character, played by Tom Goodman-Hill, is a TV writer who repeatedly sexually assaults Gadd's character and supplies him with drugs.

Gadd addressed his fans on his Instagram story on Tuesday, saying: "People I love, have worked with, and admire… 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. Lots of love, Richard."

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The show is based on the hit Edinburgh Fringe one-man stage play Gadd performed in 2019.

Gadd, who plays Donny Dunn, a character based on himself, said he didn't expect the show to "blow up" in the way it has since its release on 11 April.

"I'm super proud of it. I really believed in this show, but the fact it's gone so stratospheric so quickly, for such a cult, quite niche story… it's kind of amazing. It's clearly struck a chord," he said on This Morning.

The writer, actor and comedian is also an ambassador for We Are Survivors, a charity which supports male survivors of sexual abuse.