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Michelle Gomez

Michelle Gomez

Scottish actress
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Scottish actress
Countries United Kingdom
Occupations Actor Stage actor Film actor
Gender female
Birth 21 April 1966 (Glasgow)
Family
Spouse: Jack Davenport
Education Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
The details
Biography

Michelle Gomez is a Scottish actress. She is best known for her comedy roles in Green Wing, The Book Group and Bad Education, as well as playing a female incarnation of the Master known as Missy, in the long running British science-fiction programme, "Doctor Who".

Early life

Gomez was born in Glasgow to Tony and May Gomez. Her father is originally from Montserrat and is of Portuguese descent. Her father was a photographer, while her mother ran a modelling agency. From the moment she saw a production of Kiss Me, Kate at the age of seven, Gomez wanted to be an actress, which her parents encouraged. She attended Shawlands Academy from 1978 to 1983 and trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Career

Gomez's first major role was in The Acid House, based on three Irvine Welsh short stories. She went on to star in the cult Channel 4 comedy drama The Book Group before landing her role as staff liaison officer Sue White in the Channel 4 comedy Green Wing. She played Michelle in Carrie and Barry for the BBC (which coincidentally debuted the same night as Green Wing), and starred as PC Sally Bobbins in the BBC 2 sitcom Feel the Force. She appeared in Gunslinger's Revenge.

In 2005, Gomez appeared in the film Chromophobia. In 2006, she starred in the film The Good Housekeeping Guide. In 2007 she starred in a drama by Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh called Wedding Belles, and starred in Boeing-Boeing at the Comedy Theatre in London. Also in 2007, she guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio play Valhalla. In 2008 she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, and performed as Kate in The Taming of the Shrew at the Courtyard Theatre and the Novello Theatre.

In 2012, Gomez starred in the British film, The Wedding Video, portraying the psychologically unstable wedding planner. In the same year, she appeared in the British comedy series Bad Education, portraying the deputy-head Isobel Pickwell, which returned for a second series in 2013. In 2014, she began producing comedy sketches as "Heather" an agony aunt for YouTube channel Wildseed Studios.

She guest starred in the eighth series of Doctor Who, as a character initially called the "Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere". Despite initial belief she would only be appearing in the series finale, Gomez made surprise cameo appearances in some episodes in the eighth series, and appeared in the finale two-parter. She portrayed Missy, who was revealed to be a new female incarnation of the Doctor's longstanding nemesis, the Master, in the penultimate episode "Dark Water". Gomez returned in the 2-part opening story of Series 9, "The Magician's Apprentice" / "The Witch's Familiar" broadcast in September 2015. Her portrayal of Missy earned her a nomination for the Best Actress (Television) award at the 2015 British Academy Scotland Awards. Later, Gomez also received a nod as Best Supporting Actress at the British Academy Television Awards. Gomez has confirmed that she will be returning in Series 10.

Personal life

Gomez has been married to actor Jack Davenport since 1 May 2000. She gave birth to their son, Harry, in early 2010.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1989 First and Last Nurse Television film
1998 The Acid House Catriona A Soft Touch segment
1998 Gunslinger's Revenge Leather girl
1999 New World Disorder Annika "Amethyst" Rains
1999 The Escort Hostess
1999 Ticks Stressed girl on phone Short film
2000 Offending Angels Baggy's ex-girlfriend
2001 Subterrain
2003 Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill Judy Television film
2005 Chromophobia Bushey Incorrectly credited as Michele Gormez
2005 Meat the Campbells Mrs. Campbell Short film
2006 The Good Housekeeping Guide Jenny Television film
2006 Secret Policeman's Ball sketch Sue White Television film; Green Wing special
2007 Wedding Belles Amanda Television film
2009 Svengali Francine Hardy
2012 The Wedding Video The Wedding Planner

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Taggart Hairdresser Episode: "Nest of Vipers"
1996 The Bill Penny Grice Episode: "Toe the Line"
1998 Carrie Bennett Episode: "Dog Eat Dog"
1999 Taggart Harriet Bailes Episode: "Bloodlines"
1999 Highlander: The Raven Talia Bauer Episode: "Inferno"
2001 Rebus Caro Rattray Episode: "Mortal Causes"
2002 My Family Sharon Episode: "The Second Greatest Story Ever Told"
2002–2003 The Book Group Janice McCann Main cast
2003 Manchild Kitty Series 2, episode 2
2005 Murder in Suburbia Anita Green Episode: "Estate Agents"
2004–2005 Carrie and Barry Michelle Main cast
2004–2007 Green Wing Sue White Main cast - 18 episodes
2006 Feel the Force Sally Bobbins Lead role
2007 Oliver Twist Mrs. Sowerberry Miniseries
2012–2013 Bad Education Isobel Pickwell 11 episodes
2013 Playhouse Presents Mary, Queen of Scots Psychobitches sketch (Episode: "Psychobitches Part Four")
2014, 2015, 2017 Doctor Who Missy Recurring, 11 episodes to date
2015 The Brink Vanessa Recurring, 3 episodes
2015 Gotham The Lady Guest, 2 episodes
2016 The Collection Eliette

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lego Dimensions The Master (voice)

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