Alec Ryrie was born in London and grew up in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in history and received a doctorate in theology from Oxford University. He is the author of the prizewinning Being Protestant in Reformation Britain and The Sorcerer's Tale: Faith and Fraud in Tudor England. British actor and singer Tim Bruce costarred with Phill Jupitus in ITV's popular comedy series Bottom Knocker Street, the West End production of Blood Brothers, the BAFTA-awarded drama Bleak House, and the BBC's long-running Geordie series Byker Grove. A regular voice on BBC, Tim has narrated over seventy audiobooks.