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Nava Mau at the Gotham TV awards

Baby Reindeer star Nava Mau oozes Bond girl energy in glittering dress

The Netflix miniseries that details a real-life account of a stalker became an overnight success

Georgia Brown
Senior Lifestyle & Fashion Writer
June 5, 2024
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The cast of Baby Reindeer struck gold at the Gotham TV Awards on Tuesday night, as Richard Gadd's chilling Netflix miniseries captured the Breakthrough Limited Series award.

Looking ethereal for her moment in the spotlight, Nava Mau, who plays 'Teri' in the dark comedy, an American therapist and trans woman, oozed elegance as she graced the red carpet in a glittering black gown.

Nava Mau attends the 2024 Gotham TV Awards at Cipriani 25 Broadway on June 04, 2024 in New York City© Cindy Ord
Nava Mau attends the 2024 Gotham TV Awards

The Mexican actress, 32, dazzled in a sequinned halter-neck gown from Carolina Herrera, styled by Jason Rembert.  

Dripping in sparkling tassels and elevated with a thigh-high slit, Nava paired her sleek black dress with a timeless red lipstick, letting her raven hair fall into old-school Hollywood waves courtesy of hair stylist Riad Azar.

WATCH: Baby Reindeer star Nava Mau is transformed into an old school Hollwyood beauty

The overnight success of Baby Reindeer

Baby Reindeer, written by and starring Richard Gadd, is based on the comedian's heartbreaking real-life account of having a stalker.

The semi-autiobiographical series follows the life of a twenty-something comedian and bartender Donny (Richard Gadd), who becomes embroiled in a web of substance use and sexual abuse at the hands of a powerful TV producer.

Richard Gadd and Nava Mau in Baby Reindeer© Netflix
Richard Gadd and Nava Mau in Baby Reindeer

During these turbulent years, Donny has become the obsession and love interest of a stalker, Martha, (Jessica Gunning) who proceeds to send him thousands of emails and hours of voicemails over a number of years.

Baby Reindeer: Martha's obsession in numbers

Richard Gadd as Donny Dunn and Jessica Gunning as Martha in Baby Reindeer© Ed Miller/Netflix
Richard Gadd as Donny Dunn and Jessica Gunning as Martha in Baby Reindeer

Richard Gadd has been vocal about his stalker, named 'Martha' in the show, and just how many messages, voicemails,  tweets and emails he received from her before contact was cut off. It included: 

  • 41,000 emails 
  • 744 tweets
  • 100 pages of letters
  • 350 hours of voicemails 

The show quickly shot to the top of Netflix's charts, with Internet sleuths fuelling speculation of who the show's real-life counterparts could be.

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Taking to Instagram in April, Gadd issued a statement urging people to stop speculating about the real people who inspired the characters of Martha and Darrien, naming director and writer Sean Foley as someone "unfairly caught up in speculation".

"People I love, have worked with, and admire (including Sean Foley) are unfairly getting caught up in speculation," penned the 34-year-old.

Richard Gadd and Jessica Gunning pose backstage during the 2024 BAFTA Television Awards with P&O Cruises at The Royal Festival Hall© Scott Garfitt
Richard Gadd and Jessica Gunning pose backstage during the 2024 BAFTA Television Awards with P&O Cruises at The Royal Festival Hall

"Please don't speculate on who the real-life people could be. That’s not the point of our show."

The star’s success has received some controversy after the real-life counterpart of Martha, Fiona Harvey, appeared on Piers Morgan’s talk show to discuss the series and confirmed that she was looking into taking legal action against Netflix for the portrayal.

She told Piers: "They have billed it as a 'true story'. So has he. And it’s not. It’s blatantly not. Even if the email thing was true, the rest is not."

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