Australian celebrities share their own chilling experiences with stalkers in wake of Netflix’s hit series Baby Reindeer

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Richard Gadd’s stalker drama Baby Reindeer has soared to global success since its release on Netflix last month, racking up a massive 60million views.

The series follows comedian Donny Dunn, who endures a harrowing ordeal when he is bombarded with thousands of emails from stalker Martha Scott, played by Jessica Gunning.

The smash hit has prompted many thought-provoking conversations around stalking, in particular celebrity stalking.

Amid the huge success of the show, Daily Mail Australia takes a look at Aussie celebrities who have had their own terrifying stalking experiences.

After the show premiered, comedian Wil Anderson touched on his stalker ordeal as he spoke about Baby Reindeer during a radio appearance.

Australian celebrities share their own chilling experiences with stalkers in wake of Netflix’s hit series Baby Reindeer

Richard Gadd’s stalker drama Baby Reindeer has soared to global success since its release on Netflix last month (pictured: actress Jessica Gunning on the show)

Speaking on Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa with Kate Ritchie, Wil, 50, said he was warned not to watch the show because of his own experience where he received daily letters from a fan.

‘I have been warned not to watch [Baby Reindeer] actually. Like a lot of comedians, and without wanting to go into it, it’s a very personal medium,’ he shared.

‘What often people can feel like is they know you very well. So that’s actually part of the illusion – it’s a bit like radio – you’re sharing your lives with your audience every day and people can start to feel like “I’m listening to you in the shower, I’m listening to you in the car, you’re an intimate part of my life”.’

Wil went on to explain how he used to have a fan who would write him long letters every single day when he hosted the Triple J radio show from 2000 to 2004.

The drama follows comedian Donny Dunn, who undergoes a harrowing ordeal when he is bombarded with thousands of emails from stalker Martha Scott, played by Jessica Gunning

The drama follows comedian Donny Dunn, who undergoes a harrowing ordeal when he is bombarded with thousands of emails from stalker Martha Scott, played by Jessica Gunning 

He recalled he would receive ‘six pages’ of dialogue from the female fan daily as if they had a ‘personal relationship’ as he detailed the ordeal.

‘I imagine there’s a lot of people who work in these industries who have been touched with some story of that,’ he went on.

‘When I was at Triple J – I think this is probably safe enough now to tell, it was so long ago – I had a woman write to me every single day we were on air – and this was in the old days where you had to write on pieces of paper in envelopes – every day, after every show.

‘There would be like six pages of dialogue as if we’d be having a personal relationship. It can be a lot worse than that also.’

Speaking about Baby Reindeer, comedian Wil Anderson touched on his own experience with stalking as he spoke about receiving long daily letters from one fan while he hosted Triple J

Speaking about Baby Reindeer, comedian Wil Anderson touched on his own experience with stalking as he spoke about receiving long daily letters from one fan while he hosted Triple J

Meanwhile, radio presenter Kate Ritchie’s own stalker nightmare came to light earlier this year.

It was revealed she made a phone call to NSW Police after receiving a message from Gerard Ryan, 71, which said he was in the suburb where she lives and hoped to find her.

He had sent her ‘hundreds’ of messages from February 2022 through to April 2023, including ‘numerous naked photographs of the accused and numerous videos of the accused masturbating’, police facts, seen by the Daily Telegraph, claimed.

Ryan was arrested at a park in Sydney’s eastern suburbs last month and charged with stalking, which he pleaded guilty to. He was also hit with an apprehended violence order banning him from approaching Kate.

Waverley Local Court was told Ryan’s obsession with the TV star began last year when he started posting on her social media accounts comments including, ‘Hello Kate 
 I love you so much’.

Elsewhere, radio presenter Kate Ritchie's own stalker nightmare came to light earlier this year after Gerard Ryan, 71, sent her 'hundreds' of messages from February 2022 to April 2023

Elsewhere, radio presenter Kate Ritchie’s own stalker nightmare came to light earlier this year after Gerard Ryan, 71, sent her ‘hundreds’ of messages from February 2022 to April 2023

Another post said: ‘I just want to kiss you my heart is pounding for you I love you madly.’

Ryan posted explicit sexual messages about Kate on his own social media pages, and when she didn’t respond it got worse.

The police facts also indicated Ryan had said he wanted to marry Kate and referenced her daughter, saying he would make ‘a good stepfather’.

In February, he sent a letter to her work address which included a Valentine’s Day card.

Ryan was sentenced to a 12-month Conditional Release Order and an AVO states he must not go within 500m of Kate’s home or workplace.

After the release of Baby Reindeer, WSFM breakfast host Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones also opened up for the first time about his own stalker experience. 

The radio host, 56, revealed he once had two female stalkers.

‘You know, I had a stalker once. I had… two ladies. There was one many years ago, and she just wouldn’t let go. She just kept under a different name. It was very freaky. Very scary,’ he told co-hosts Amanda Keller and Emma Gillespie. 

‘She knew where I lived. She knew everything. And then I caught her and, so she was under a fake name, Cassandra, and I found out her real name.’ 

Jonesy recalled how the stalker used to call up the radio station each night he was working.

After the release of Baby Reindeer, WSFM breakfast host Brendan 'Jonesy' Jones also opened up for the first time about his own stalker experience, revealing he had two female stalkers

After the release of Baby Reindeer, WSFM breakfast host Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones also opened up for the first time about his own stalker experience, revealing he had two female stalkers 

He shared one incident where ‘Cassandra’ rang the station chasing a prize and he answered the phone.

‘I just went cold. I felt this chill and then I went, “Cassandra?” I’d got her address and I got everything about her,’ he said. 

‘Once she’d been found out, I never heard from her again.’

Last year, a man was also accused of stalking Love Island Australia host Sophie Monk.

Brian Rapley, 49, had arrived at the TV star’s door with a red rose in April 2023 claiming he believed he was in relationship with Sophie after being ‘catfished’.

Last year, a man was also accused of stalking Sophie Monk, claiming he believed he was in relationship with the Love Island Australia host after being 'catfished'

Last year, a man was also accused of stalking Sophie Monk, claiming he believed he was in relationship with the Love Island Australia host after being ‘catfished’

He showed up and lingered at her Central Coast home with the hope he would be meeting her in person after exchanging loved-up messages online.

Rapley claimed a con artist posing as the TV star sent him romantic texts and DMs for four months before scamming him out of $7,000.

In September, he was arrested and charged with breaching an apprehended personal violence order (AVO) after allegedly turning up at Sophie’s manager’s office in Surry Hills, Sydney.

He was released from jail one week later on a 12-month community corrections order and informed the AVO would remain in place.

In May 2015, a man was also convicted of stalking Sophie by sending violent and sexual social media messages.

James Scott McCabe, 32, received an eight-month suspended jail sentence for sending countless Twitter messages to Sophie between 2010 and 2013, some of which described the pair having sex.

Musical theatre star Rhonda Burchmore has also opened up about her experience with alleged stalking threats last year.

At the time, Rhonda revealed that she sometimes felt ‘vulnerable’ and ‘exposed’ while appearing on stage eight times a week.

‘You are so vulnerable when you’re up there,’ she told the Herald Sun at the time.

Musical theatre star Rhonda Burchmore opened up about her experience with alleged stalking threats

Musical theatre star Rhonda Burchmore opened up about her experience with alleged stalking threats 

‘You’re just doing your thing. If someone knows your performance times and schedule like clockwork, and they’ve seen it for six months, every move, every step, every position on the stage 
 you become a sitting target.’

She also revealed a stalker previously harassed her during Hot Shoe Shuffle on London’s West End in 1994.

‘He started off a bit obsessed, then bought a ticket to the show, in the same seat, every week just to see me,’ she said.

‘I used to get letters from him every week asking if I’d meet him. It all started very pleasantly. When I didn’t respond, or meet him where he wanted for coffee, or drinks, it escalated into death threats.’

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