He is probably Britain’s most beloved doctor and has been providing sound medical advice to the nation for over 30 years. Dr Hilary Jones helped guide a worried nation through lockdown with her common sense and calm.
ITV’s Dr Hilary Jones has been a household name since he began appearing on GMTV in the 1990s. He is a regular on Good Morning Britain and Lorraine alongside Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid, Kate Garraway and Lorraine Kelly .
Little is known about Dr Hilary’s life story, however, so we’ve taken a look at her career and background to see what shaped the UK’s most recognizable doctor. It turns out being a GP is in his blood and apparently part of his genetic make-up.
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He said: ‘My dad was a GP in the NHS at the time when they worked around the clock and for very little money so money was always tight. While food in cupboards and a roof over your head were always a given, anything above was a bit of a luxury.
But that didn’t deter him from pursuing a career in medicine himself. He attended Latymer Upper School on the banks of the Thames before qualifying as a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead in 1976, reports Kent Live.
He held various positions in the medical field, including being the only doctor on Tristan da Cunha, a group of islands in the South Atlantic, in 1978. Upon his return to the UK, Dr Hilary became junior doctor at Basingstoke and Basingstoke Hospital From 1982 became a full-time general practitioner in the Basingstoke area.
Dr. Hilary Jones’ Rise to Fame
Dr. Hilary got his first television role with GMTV in 1989, becoming the medical and health adviser from 1993. He was responsible for reporting on emerging medical stories as well as educating viewers on common medical issues , including weight loss, birth control, surgery and cancer, and he has continued to perform those duties ever since.
Dr Hilary retained his role as the country’s doctor when GMTV was replaced by Daybreak and Lorraine in 2010 and when Daybreak became Good Morning Britain in 2014. His role has become even more crucial amid the coronavirus pandemic, when he appeared on the show every morning to keep audiences updated with the latest medical advice.
It was this dedication and hard work that earned him an MBE for providing a crucial voice of comfort during an otherwise stressful time for many. He was often seen first thing in the morning debunking myths and going through the final round of advice.
But Good Morning Britain isn’t Dr Hilary’s only TV appearance in her career. Dr Hilary also co-hosted The Health Show with Terry Wogan, presented the weekly social action program Loud & Clear for three years and appeared as a panelist on the 2002 ‘docucomedy’ series Dave Gorman’s Important Astrology Experiment .
He has also had a regular slot discussing medical issues on Steve Wright’s BBC Radio 2 program since 2000. As well as his television and radio appearances, the renowned GP also works as a medical adviser for the clinic in HealthExpress line, where it hosts a number of health tips. videos and live “Twitter clinics”, offering tailored information on a range of health questions posed by the public.
And if he wasn’t already busy enough, Dr Hilary also dabbled in writing – writing a weekly column for the News of the World until the paper closed in July 2011. He continues to addressing readers’ health concerns in Rosemary Conley’s Diet and Fitness magazine, and edits and contributes to her own Family Healthcare magazine with Dr. Hilary Jones.
Dr. Hilary has also written a number of her own health books, with her debut novel A Day In Your Life reaching No. 6 in the list of top ten hardcover non-fiction books. In fact, Dr. Hilary has become such a celebrity through his television career that he even appeared on the fifth series of Dancing on Ice and appeared on an episode of The Chase Celebrity Special.
The famous wife of Dr. Hilary
Off the small screen, Dr. Hilary is married to his wife Dee Thresher, who is famous in her own right.
But Dee is actually Dr Hilary’s third wife – before their marriage he was married to Anne Marie Vives, with whom he has two sons Tristan and Sebastian, and Sarah Harvey, who saw him welcome twins Samantha and Rupert, and his son Dylan.
But there’s more to Dr. Hilary and Dee than the glitz and glamor of showbiz life. The celebrity couple live in a “quirky” house in Edenbridge with their springer spaniel dog Harley.
As the doctor keeps his home life off his social media, the star spoke a bit about the character and charm of his home, something he and his wife “love”.
Dr Hilary previously said: ‘It’s just old and nothing’s in a straight line, and nothing’s level. ‘It’s a decorating nightmare, but we love the house.’
He added: “I’m pretty good at maintenance, I always have a project going. Dee does all the cooking because I don’t really go into the kitchen! She’s Cypriot and cooks wonderful food.”
Their quiet life was turned slightly upside down in October last year when anti-vax protesters stood outside his home and started shouting into megaphones. But it remains unclear whether Dr Jones, 68, was even at home at the time, with no signs of responding to protesters’ provocations.
Dr. Hilary is also a patron of the Meningitis Research Foundation, the Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Action and has also supported a range of other charities in his spare time.