Tina was born in Cheltenham in the 1960s
Tina works as a personal assistant to a lawyer. She met John at university, where he was working as a lecturer, and they have been married since just after she graduated. He left his job at the same time, and they settled in Milton Keynes, with him now working at Matt’s school.
It took them five years to have a baby, after two miscarriages and lots of disappointing fertility appointments. Because of this, they can both be very protective of Matt, some may say over-protective. Matt’s accident amplified those feelings, and at first they were distrustful of Pip and his intentions. Over time, the two of them listened to what both Matt and Pip have told them, and seen how good they are together, and are reassured.
They’ve never had any problems with Matt’s sexuality. Matt came out to them before he came out at school, partly because of his dad being a teacher there, and they accepted it immediately.
Tina is named after a friend of Chloe’s she met in Lancaster. Even though Matt is based on Ian, Tina and John are not based on Ian’s parents. Some of the things that happen are based on things that happened, but have been exaggerated or slightly changed for dramatic effect.