Stay Close is Netflix’s latest top series, featuring newcomer Poppy Gilbert as Barbie and Hyoie O’Grady as her Ken. They play a musical theatre couple, but they’re definitely not as harmless as the dolls.

Netflix’s fascinating thriller Stay Close premiered on 31 December 2021 and fans are have been binging the show to uncover the identity of the serial killer in DS Michael Broome’s cold case.

Based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Harlan Coben, the eight-part series stars Cush Jumbo, James Nesbitt, Richard Armitage, and Sarah Parish. They portray a soccer mom, a detective, and a photojournalist respectively, who find themselves connected by an eerie death.

Poppy Gilbert plays the role of Barbie alongside Hyoie O’Grady as Ken, which viewers have dubbed creepily brilliant.

Spin off show anyone?

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Meet Poppy Gilbert

Gilbert is a relatively new face, having appeared in only five productions, so we’ve got you covered.

Born on 14 September 1998 in London, UK to Camilla and Nigel Gilbert, the British actress is 23 years old. She also has a sister called Darcy.

She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2019, where she participated in several plays and musicals, including Oklahoma! That’s right, she can also sing as well as act.

Before Stay Close, you might have seen her as Lesley Pike in season 9 of Call The Midwife – her first on-screen job.

She then played Thomasina Tuckerton in Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse in 2020 and Kelly Kirk-Lees in Midsomer Murders.

The actress’ biggest roles to date have been in Stay Close and Leonardo, a series recounting Leonard da Vinci’s life starring Aiden Turner.

You’ll see her next as the titular Chloe in BBC and Amazon Prime’s upcoming thriller, set to be released in 2022.

Keep up to date with Gilbert on Insta

The 23-year-old has about 3000 followers on her page, but after Stay Close, her supporters are definitely going to skyrocket.

Since her professional career only began in 2020, her profile is filled with glimpses of everyday life prior to fame.

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Check out the documentary about Barbie and Ken

If you’re a fan of the terrifying duo, check out Discovery+ documentary Ken and Barbie Killers: The Lost Murder Tapes.

Active during the 1990s in Canada, Paul Bernardo and his wife Karla Homolka were dubbed the “Ken and Barbie killers”.

The Stay Close characters are not based on real-life killer couple, but fans have identified alleged similarities between them.

However, if you’re intrigued by crime documentaries, then the Tapes might be up your alley.

Author Harlan Coben actually revealed to Radio Times the inspiration behind his bizarre characters:

“At half-time in NFL football games in the ’70s and ’80s there used to be group called Up With People, who would perform this really wholesome act,” he explained.

“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?”

That sounds terrifying already.

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