Christian Jessen at the British Academy Television Awards 2009
Christian Spencer Jessen|
4 March 1977
London, United Kingdom
University College London
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Supersize vs Superskinny
Christian Spencer Jessen (born 4 March 1977) is a British doctor, television presenter and writer, best known for presenting Channel 4 programmes such as Embarrassing Bodies (2007-2015) and Supersize vs Superskinny (2008-2014).
Jessen was educated at Uppingham School, a co-educational independent school situated in the small market town of Uppingham in Rutland, followed by University College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, both constituent colleges of the University of London in Central London, where he received his MBBS degrees in 2000.
Jessen studied medicine as an undergraduate at University College London, graduating in 2000. He holds a MSc degree in sexual health, and has a particular interest in HIV and malaria, which were the focus of his work for two years in Kenya and Uganda.
As well as his television career, Jessen is a doctor with Doctorcall at 121 Harley Street, central London, and has worked privately in the UK oil and gas industry - as well as for the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian immigration services. Jessen also provides occupational health for London Underground and Virgin Trains. An advocate for HIV education and testing, in 2015, he was named National HIV Testing Week Ambassador.
From 2007 to 2015, Jessen co-presented Embarrassing Bodies alongside Pixie McKenna and Dawn Harper. The show has had a number of spin-off series including Embarrassing Teenage Bodies, Embarrassing Bodies: Kids and Embarrassing Fat Bodies.
In 2012, Jessen appeared as the health and fitness expert in Hotel GB. He was the winner of popular culinary show 'Ready, Steady, Cook' and has appeared as a celebrity contestant on 'The Weakest Link'. He was also the winner of the BBC show Antiques Mastermind.
He was Jack Osbourne's doctor during the filming of Finding God, and also featured in Harley Street, a documentary. Other television appearances include 'Sex in Court' and 'The Wright Stuff'
In 2014, he produced and starred in a documentary series for television called Undercover Doctor: Cure Me I'm Gay. In the series, Jessen investigates therapies purported to be "cures" for homosexuality.
In an appearance on Loose Women, Jessen performed a live HIV test on a woman and drew criticism for not wearing protective gloves. Jessen defended his actions and called for more understanding on how HIV spreads.
He is the author of Dr Christian's Guide to Growing Up (2013), a book aimed at children and adolescents dealing with question about puberty and sexuality. He has also written the books Can I Just Ask? (2010), Dr Christian's Guide to Dealing with the Tricky Stuff (2015) and Dr Christian's Guide to You (2016).
Jessen has an interest in antique bronzes; in 2010, he won a celebrity edition of the quiz show Antiques Master with this as his specialist subject. He is also knowledgeable about and collects anything from the European Empire period 1800-1820, reflecting his fascination with the mindset of Napoleon.
|2007-2015||Embarrassing Bodies||Presenter||Formerly Embarrassing Illnesses|
|2007||Doctor, Doctor||Himself||1 episode|
|Sex in Court||Judge|
|2008-2009||Embarrassing Teenage Bodies||Presenter||Embarrassing Bodies spin-off|
|2008-2014||Supersize vs Superskinny||Presenter|
|2009, 2010||Angela and Friends||Himself||17 episodes, weekly "Health and Medicine" segment|
|2010-2011||Embarrassing Bodies: Kids||Presenter||Embarrassing Bodies spin-off|
|2010||One Born at Christmas||Doctor||6-part One Born Every Minute spin-off|
|The Ugly Face of Beauty||Presenter|
|2011||Supersize vs Superskinny Kids||Presenter||Supersize vs Superskinny spin-off|
|Stephen Fry's 100 Greatest Gadgets||Himself||TV documentary|
|A Night with the Stars||Himself||TV documentary|
|2011--2012||Embarrassing Fat Bodies||Presenter||Embarrassing Bodies spin-off|
|2012||Hotel GB||Health and fitness expert|
|2012, 2014||Stand Up To Cancer||Presenter||Live charity telethon|
|2012||Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial||Presenter||Two part live documentary|
|2013, 2014||Embarrassing Bodies Down Under||Himself||Embarrassing Bodies spin-off|
|2014||Undercover Doctor: Cure Me I'm Gay||Presenter|
|2017-||Doctor Christian Will See You Now||Presenter|