Michelle Gomez

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Michelle Gomez
Born (1971-04-21) 21 April 1971 (age 43)
Ayr, Scotland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985-present
Spouse(s)
Children 2

Michelle Gomez (born 21 April 1971) is a Scottish actress. She is best known for her comedy roles in Green Wing, The Book Group, Bad Education, and Doctor Who.

Early life[edit]

Gomez was born in Ayr.[1][2][3] Her father, originally from Montserrat, 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[edit]

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 comedy Green Wing, also on Channel 4.[2] She played Michelle in Carrie and Barry, 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,[4] 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.[5]

On 30 June 2014, it was announced that she would guest star as "The Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere" in the eighth series of Doctor Who.[6] She made a surprise appearance in the first episode, Deep Breath (Doctor Who), and is officially known to feature prominently in the series finale.

Personal life[edit]

Gomez has been married to actor Jack Davenport since 1 May 2000.[7] She gave birth to their son, Harry, in early 2010.[8][9]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michelle Gomez". TVSA. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Burnside, Anna (29 August 2004). "The new face of Friday night". The Sunday Times (News International Limited). Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Scottish Woman of the Year Awards". Scottish Woman. 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Bad Education, Series 1 - Miss Pickwell". BBC Three. 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Wildseed Studios presents: Funny Seeds". YouTube. 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Jones, Paul (30 June 2014). "Doctor Who cast: Green Wing and Bad Education Michelle Gomez joins Peter Capaldi as Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere". Radio Times. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Wright, Matthew (6 May 2000). "Miles up the aisle; This Life Jack to tie knot". The Mirror (London, England) (MGN LTD). Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "Jack Davenport: Interview Radio Times". Jack Davenport - Unofficial Website. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Corley, Jerry (28 January 2011). How Can I Be A Comedian: Michelle Gomez at The Comedy Store. YouTube. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 

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