Stay on target Happy birthday, Michelle Gomez, you charismatic, magnificent Time Lady, you.Born in Glasgow to a photographer father and manager mother, Gomez was bit by the acting bug at age seven.She went on to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) (which boasts alumni Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones), James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class), and the Tenth Doctor himself, David Tennant).Gomez’s first major gig was in the 1998 film The Acid House, followed by a handful of bit parts on the big and small screens. It was her starring role in the two-season cult dramedy The Book Group, however, that shot Gomez to prominence in the early aughts.Kindred spirits (via BBC)Fresh off her role as Janice McCann, the actress nabbed parts in TV comedy Carrie & Barry and hospital sketch comedy show Green Wing (alongside the incomparable Olivia Colman and Tamsin Greig). The two programs coincidentally debuted on the same night in 2004.Acting jobs continued to roll in: Gomez starred as PC Sally Bobbins in BBC 2 sitcom Feel the Force, and appeared in five TV movies/mini-series between 2006 and 2009.Gomez finally grabbed the attention of international audiences in 2014, when she began a three-season, scene-steeling arc on Doctor Who.Despite appearing in only a smattering of episodes, the Scottish star brought style, levity, and a chilling brilliance to every second as the first female incarnation of the Master.Happy birthday, Queen Gomez! (via BBC)Her work rightfully earned nominations at the 2015 British Academy Scotland Awards and the 2016 British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards.In May, Gomez irreparably broke my heart when she announced plans to leave Doctor Who at the end of season 10; her exit came as little surprise, considering mates Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat are also retiring from the show.There’s no telling where Gomez will turn up next. (I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a run on Fleabag, or maybe a spot on next year’s Strictly Come Dancing cast.)In the meantime, raise a glass to one of the most polished, playful, and proficient actors. Here’s to 51, Queen Gomez! HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.