Michelle Gomez

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Michelle Gomez
Michelle Gomez by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born (1966-11-23) 23 November 1966 (age 49)
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Children 1

Michelle Gomez (born 23 November 1966) is a Scottish actress. She is best known for her comedy roles in Green Wing, The Book Group and Bad Education, and for playing Missy, a female incarnation of the Master, in the British television sci-fi series Doctor Who.

Early life[edit]

Gomez was born in Glasgow.[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.


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.[2] 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,[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]

She guest starred in the eighth series of Doctor Who, as a character initially called the "Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere".[6] 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".[7] Gomez returned in the 2-part opening story of Series 9, "The Magician's Apprentice" / "The Witch's Familiar" broadcast in September 2015.[8] Her portrayal of Missy earned her a nomination for the Best Actress (Television) award at the 2015 British Academy Scotland Awards.[9] Later, Gomez also received a nod as Best Supporting Actress at the British Academy Television Awards.[10] Gomez has confirmed that she will be returning in Series 10.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Gomez has been married to actor Jack Davenport since 1 May 2000.[12] She gave birth to their son, Harry, in early 2010.[13][14]



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


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
2004–2006 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-present Doctor Who The Master/Missy 11 episodes
2015 The Brink Vanessa Recurring, 3 episodes
2015 Gotham The Lady Guest, 2 episodes

Video games[edit]

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



  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. Archived from the original on 17 August 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  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. ^ Jonathan Holmes. "Doctor Who: Missy is the Master". RadioTimes. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Doctor Who series 9: opening episode titles revealed, Michelle Gomez and Jemma Redgrave to return". Radio Times. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "British Academy Scotland Awards: Winners in 2015". BAFTA Scotland. 
  10. ^ "Michelle Gomez nominated for BAFTA!". BBC. 30 March 2016. Archived from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  11. ^ http://metro.co.uk/2016/06/01/doctor-who-michelle-gomez-confirms-missy-will-be-back-to-wreck-more-havoc-5917112/
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "Jack Davenport: Interview Radio Times". Jack Davenport – Unofficial Website. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  14. ^ 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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