If you think the Stay Close dancing couple are creepy you’re not alone as the duo are seen to dance their way throughout the new Netflix thriller which premiered on New Year’s Eve

The series is an adaptation of author Harlan Coben’s best selling 2012 novel of the same name and follows a group of people who all seemingly lead a comfortable life until their past comes back to haunt them as their once kept secrets are threatened. 

While the story focuses on the lives of a detective, a working mother and a has been documentary photographer, it also features what seems to be a sweet couple who are often seen to break into dance. But who are they? Let’s take a look… 

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Who are the dancing couple in Stay Close?

In Netflix’s new thriller, two characters nicknamed “the dancing couple” by fans have intrigued some as they are often seen dancing in sync throughout the eight-part miniseries. The duo is actually named Barbie and Ken, and while they present themselves as a seemingly sweet couple, they hide something much darker as they are later revealed to be assassins

Despite their names, the two are not based on real-life couple Karla Homolka and her husband Paul Bernardo, who became known as the Ken and Barbie killers in the 90s. Instead, Stay Close writer Harlan Coben revealed the inspiration for the characters came from a memorable NFL half-time act from the 70s and 80s. 

While reflecting on the performances of the group Up With People, he explained to Radio Times: “They would sing all these Kumbaya-type songs and they had these fake painted smiles on. I’m sitting there going, ‘There’s got to be more behind those fake painted smiles. So I decided, wouldn’t it be cool if two of them were kind of psychotic killers?”

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Stay Close’s Barbie and Ken actors revealed

Stay Close’s Ken and Barbie are portrayed by Hyoie O’Grady and Poppy Gilbert, respectively. 

Audiences may recognise Barbie actress Poppy Gilbert for roles across notable shows, including Call The Midwife, Midsomer Murders and Leonardo. 

Stay close is seen to be one of actor Hyoie O’Grady’s first major acting credits. As per his IMDb, he currently only has two other credits, with the most recent being for the 2021 film Mayday. 

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Fans think they’re creepy 

As fans share their thoughts on the new series on social media, some have admitted the smiley deminer of the Barbie and Ken dancing couple is unnerving: 

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