The Baby: When is it released? Who are the cast? All you need to know about the Sky Atlantic comedy horror

When a woman who never wanted a child unexpectedly becomes a mum, the baby doesn't melt her heart - it chills it! Here's all you need to know about Sky Atlantic comedy horror The Baby.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 7 July 2022 - 4.03pm
Key artwork for Sky Atlantic comedy horror The Baby
Stream every episode of The Baby from Thursday 7 July on Sky Atlantic with NOW

Don’t be fooled by any cute baby pictures, The Baby is here to give you chills.

A darkly funny story of motherhood told from the perspective of a woman who doesn’t want to be a mum, this limited series is a twisted treat.

Coming this July to Sky Atlantic on NOW, the series follows the story of 38-year-old Natasha (Michelle De Swarte) who is growing increasingly cross with all her close friends for having children.

When a baby of her own unexpectedly lands in Natasha’s life, things take a sinister turn as her life dramatically implodes.

It may be incredibly cute, but the controlling and manipulative baby turns Natasha’s life into a surreal horror show.

As she discovers the true extent of the baby’s deadly nature, Natasha makes increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it. She doesn’t want a baby, but the baby definitely wants her.

Michelle De Swarte as Natasha in The Baby

When is The Baby released?

Stream every episode of The Baby from Thursday 7 July on Sky Atlantic with NOW.

The Baby episodes

The series has eight episodes. All eight will be streaming on Sky Atlantic with NOW from 7 July

  1. The Arrival
  2. The Seduction
  3. The Bulldozer
  4. The Mother
  5. The Baby
  6. The Rage
  7. The Curse
  8. The Possession

The Baby trailer

The Baby cast

  • Michelle De Swarte – Plays Natasha
  • Amira Ghazalla – Plays Mrs Eaves, a mysterious 70-year-old neighbour who appears to have a connection with the baby
  • Amber Grappy – Plays Bobbi, Natasha’s younger sister who really wants a baby
  • Sinead Cusack – Plays Natasha’s estranged mum Barbara
  • Sophie Reid - Lydia
  • Isy Suttie – Rita
  • Tanya Reynolds - Helen
  • Charlie Wernham – Polic officer
  • Albie Hills/Arthur Hills – The Baby
  • Shvorne Marks – Plays Mags
Michelle De Swarte as Natasha in The Baby

Michelle de Swarte, who leads the cast as Natasha, previously starred in Netflix’s The Duchess.

A model and comedian, her early career included appearances on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now!, The Fashion Show and E4 series Dirty Digest.

You may recognise Amira Ghazalla, who plays Mrs Eaves, from Sense8, The Rhythm Section, The Honourable Woman, Carnival Row, Game of Thrones, Hatton Garden and Riviera.

Fans of Peep Show will know Isy Suttie, who plays Natasha’s friend Rita, from her role in the Channel 4 comedy as Dobby. She has also starred in Skins, Whites, Man Down, and Damned.

Shvorne Marks who plays Mags is best known for playing Monica Hicks in ITV’s Endeavour, and Sinéad Cusack, who plays Barbara, has starred in series including V for Vendetta, Eastern Promises, Wrath of the Titans, MotherFatherSon and Marcella.

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The Baby reviews - why you should watch the comedy horror series

Amira Ghazalla as Mrs Eaves in The Baby

The Baby has already aired in the US on HBO and was given a warm critical reception with a 82% average score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Time magazine review said: "The Baby isn’t subtle. It isn’t polite. It’s sometimes extremely silly. And its unusual juxtaposition of a darling baby boy and heaps of bloody, gory violence surely will not appeal to everyone.

“But if you can live with all of the above, it’s more than just fun - it’s also a whole lot smarter and more thought-provoking than most of the shows sucking up all the attention this month.”

Meanwhile, The Globe and Mail heaped praise on the cast.

“There’s a lot to admire here. De Swarte is utterly compelling as the in-charge and exasperated woman who is never, ever going to fall for this baby’s charms. At the same time, she’s not willing to either abandon or kill it. It’s complicated,” reads the review.

“There is also wonderful work from Amber Grappy as Natasha’s terrifically innocent sister Bobbi and from veteran Sinead Cusack as Barbara, the mother who abandoned Bobbi and Natasha.

“The script by Sian Robins-Grace and Lucy Gaymer manages to nail down that peculiar hybrid of horror and social comedy that’s necessary in order to serve up the ghoulishness that’s beneath the central figure – the baby – and its beatific cuteness.”

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How to watch The Baby in the UK

Stream every episode of The Baby from Thursday 7 July on Sky Atlantic with NOW.