EXCLUSIVE: Richard Gadd‘s critically acclaimed new hit Baby Reindeer will compete in the Limited Series categories for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, Deadline can confirm. The 7-episode show is a lightly fictionalized account of Gadd’s own experience with a stalker, who sent him more than 40,000 emails, as well as hundreds of tweets, letters and voicemails, and has been a surprise word-of-mouth hit for the streamer since its April 11 launch.

“The success of Baby Reindeer is still quite hard to fathom having been out now for a little over a week,” says executive producer, writer, and star Richard Gadd. “Who knew this weird story about a self-sabotaging comedian getting stalked and living in the aftermath of abuse would go on to touch so many people’s lives? Inspiration, hopefully, for those in a similar quagmire to keep going.”

Gadd will be submitted in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie categories. Gadd has previously written for Netflix‘s Sex Education. Baby Reindeer also stars Jessica Gunning as Martha, Nava Mau as Teri, and Tom Goodman-Hill as Darrien, each of whom has attracted considerable praise for their performance.

Produced by Clerkenwell Films (The End Of The F***ing World), Baby Reindeer is based on Gadd’s award-winning hit Edinburgh Fringe one-man play and follows struggling comedian Donny Dunn’s (Richard Gadd) warped relationship with his female stalker and the impact it has on him as he is ultimately forced to face a deeply buried trauma.

“I am so incredibly grateful to everyone for watching and for the wonderful feedback and comments along the way,” adds Gadd. “None of this would be possible without the amazing people I had working with me along the way – Netflix, Clerkenwell Films, my wonderful team, the directors, crew, and cast, including a certain Jess Gunning who never failed to elevate each time she was on screen.”

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