Christian Jessen

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Dr Christian Jessen
Christian Jessen at the BAFTA's (cropped).jpg
Born Christian Spencer Jessen
(1977-03-04) 4 March 1977 (age 38)
London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Education MBBS
Alma mater Uppingham School
University College London
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Television Embarrassing Bodies
Doctor Doctor
Supersize vs Superskinny
Partner(s) Rogerio Barreto

Christian Spencer Jessen (born 4 March 1977)[1] is a British doctor and television presenter, best known for presenting Channel 4 programmes such as Embarrassing Bodies (2007–present) 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.[2]


Jessen studied medicine as an undergraduate at University College London, graduating in 2000.[2] 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.[2]

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.[3] Jessen also provides occupational health for London Underground and Virgin Trains.


Since 2007, Jessen has 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.[4]

He presented Channel 4's Supersize vs Superskinny series from 2008 until 2014.

In 2012, Jessen appeared as the health and fitness expert in Hotel GB. In 2012 and 2014, he co-presented the Stand Up to Cancer telethon alongside Davina McCall and Alan Carr.


Jessen wrote the accompanying book Supersize vs Superskinny: Take Control of Your Weight, and later wrote Can I Just Ask based on the medical questions he gets asked. Jessen contributes to newspapers and magazines such as the Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, FHM, Attitude, Closer and Arena.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Jessen is gay. His partner Rogerio Barreto, is Brazilian.[5][6][7] The couple live near the River Thames in south London.

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.

He has stated that he has muscle dysmorphia.[8]

An atheist and a humanist, Jessen is a distinguished supporter of the British Humanist Association.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2007— 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
Mongrels Himself One episode
A Night with the Stars Himself TV documentary
2011— 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[10] Presenter
Guest appearances


  1. ^ "Twitter / Dr Christian Jessen: It's my birthday today! I". 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  2. ^ a b c [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Dr Christian Jessen (biography)". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  4. ^ Channel 4, Embarrassing Bodies, Health, Dr Jessen, Advice, Doctor, Profile, from
  5. ^ "Dr Christian Jessen on Being a Gay Doctor". Ditch the Label. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Laws, Roz (10 May 2009). "Dr Christian Jessen reveals what shocks him". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  7. ^ Jill Foster (2010-07-10). "Dr Christian Jessen: Being a scared, vain control freak almost cost me my life". London: Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  8. ^ I weigh 14 stone but in my head I'm a 7 stone weakling
  9. ^ "Dr Christian Jessen". British Humanist Association. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  10. ^ [2]

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