He was the voice of reason during the coronavirus pandemic – and he has been giving medical advice on television for years. ITV doctor Hilary Jones has a life in show business, but he can easily step away from everything when he goes home to rural Kent.
Dr Hilary became well known for her long stints at GMTV in the 1990s and Good Morning Britain and Lorraine along with the likes of Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid, Kate Garraway and Lorraine Kelly. In fact, he has been a familiar face on our TV screens for over 30 years.
Dr. Hilary did not always mix medicine with television – in fact, being a doctor was almost part of her genetic makeup. His father was a doctor in the NHS, but back when things were even harder than they are now.
He told The Telegraph: “My father was an NHS doctor in the days when they worked around the clock and for very little money, so money was always tight. While food in the cupboards and a roof over your head was always given, something else above that was a little luxurious. “
Career in medicine
But that didn’t stop him from pursuing a career in medicine himself. He attended Latymer Upper School on the banks of the River Thames before qualifying as a medical doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead in 1976.
He held various positions in the medical field, including being the sole medical officer on Tristan da Cunha, a group of islands in the South Atlantic, in 1978. Upon his return to the UK, Dr Hilary became a junior doctor at Basingstoke Hospital and 1982 onwards, became a full-time GP in the Basingstoke area.
Rise to fame
Dr Hilary received her first television role with GMTV in 1989, becoming the Health and Medical Adviser from 1993 onwards. He has been responsible for reporting on emerging medical stories as well as informing viewers of common medical problems, including weight loss, contraception, surgery, and cancer, and he has continued to perform these duties ever since.
Dr. Hilary retained her position as the nation’s physician when GMTV was replaced by Daybreak and Lorraine in 2010 and when Daybreak became Good Morning Britain in 2014. His role became even more crucial amid the coronavirus pandemic when he appeared in the show every morning to keep up. the public updated with the latest medical advice.
It was this dedication and hard work that saw him awarded MBE for providing a crucial voice of reassurance during an otherwise stressful time for many. He would often be seen for the first time in the morning denying myths and examining the latest round of leadership.
But Good Morning Britain is not the only television appearance that Dr Hilary has made during her career. Dr. Hilary also co-presented The Health Show with Terry Wogan, presented a weekly social action program Loud & Clear for three years, and appeared as a panelist on the 2002 “docomedy” 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. In addition to his television and radio appearances, the celebrity doctor also works as a medical consultant for the online clinic HealthExpress, where he hosts a number of health counselors. videos and live ‘Twitter Clinics’, offering tailored information on a range of health questions submitted by the public.
And if he’s not busy enough, Dr. Hilary has also tried his hand at writing – writing a weekly column for World News until the newspaper closed in July 2011. He continues to answer readers’ health problems 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 some of her own health-related books, with her debut novel A Day In Your Life reaching number six on the top ten non-fiction hardcover bestseller list. In fact, Dr. Hilary became such a celebrity after his television career that he even starred in the fifth series of Dancing on Ice and appeared in an episode of The Chase Celebrity Special.
His famous wife Dee
From the small screen Dr Hilary is happily 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 son Dylan.
His home in Edenbridge
But it’s more to Dr. Hilary and Dee than the brilliance and glamor of the show business life. The celebrity couple lives in a “strange” house in Edenbridge with their Springer Spaniel dog Harley.
While the doctor keeps his home life out of his social media, the star talked a bit about the character and charm of his home, something he and his wife “love”.
Dr. Hilary had previously said, “It’s just old and nothing is in a straight line, and nothing is level. It’s a nightmare for decoration, but we just love the house.”
He added: “I’m pretty good at taking care of myself, I always have a project. Dee does all the cooking though because I don’t really go into the kitchen! She’s a Cypriot and cooks amazing dishes.”
Their quiet life was slightly shaken in mid-October last year when anti-wax protesters stood outside his home and started shouting through megaphones. But it is not yet clear whether Dr. Jones, 68, was actually at home at the time without any sign of any response to the 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 variety of other charities in her spare time.