Gomez at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
23 November 1966|
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Michelle Gomez (born 23 November 1966) is a Scottish actress. She is known for her comedy roles in The Book Group (2002–03), Green Wing (2004–07) and Bad Education (2012–13), as well as playing Missy – a version of The Master in the long running British science-fiction programme Doctor Who from 2014 to 2017, for which she was nominated for the 2016 BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress.
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, and 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.
Gomez's first major role was in the 1998 film 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 had a recurring role in the eighth series of Doctor Who as a character called Missy. Her true identity was later revealed in the series' two-part finale "Dark Water" / "Death in Heaven" as a female incarnation of the Master, the Doctor's longstanding nemesis. Gomez reprised the role in the opening two-part story of the ninth series "The Magician's Apprentice" / "The Witch's Familiar" and again in the show's tenth series, which began broadcasting in April 2017. In May 2017, Gomez stated that it would be her last series in the role.
Gomez's 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.
|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||Ticks||Stressed girl on phone||Short film|
|2000||Offending Angels||Baggy's ex-girlfriend|
|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|
|2012||The Wedding Video||The Wedding Planner|
|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")|
|2014–2017||Doctor Who||Missy||Recurring, 15 episodes|
|2015||The Brink||Vanessa||Recurring, 3 episodes|
|2015||Gotham||The Lady||Guest, 2 episodes|
|2018||The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina||Mary Wardell/Madam Satan||Main cast|
|2015||Lego Dimensions||The Master (voice)|
|2018||Doctor Who Infinity||Missy (voice)|||
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