Tina Beattie was born in 1955 in Lusaka, Zambia. Her parents were economic migrants from post-war Scotland. She is married to Dave and they have four adult children, with proliferating numbers of grandchildren. Tina divides her time between Bristol and London, where she lives on a houseboat on the Thames.
Tina is Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Roehampton, and Director of Catherine of Siena College based at Roehampton. In addition to her academic publications, she has written several popular books and is a frequent contributor to the media, including Radio 4's Thought for the Day. Her novel The Good Priest is being published in 2019.