GMB Dr Hilary’s life off-camera from divorces, famous wife and quirky home
Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones has become quite the household name over the year.
The GP has built his own impressive fanbase during his stint on the ITV breaking morning show alongside the likes of Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, he has been the voice of reason for millions across the nation as he continued to provide crucial advice.
Despite being a familiar face on the small screen, Dr Hilary prefers to live a quiet life in Edenbridge, a small town in Kent with his beautiful wife who is famous in her own right.
From appearing on Dancing on Ice to becoming close pals with some of the biggest names in television, Dr Hilary is known to millions across the nation.
Daily Star has taken a sneak peek into his life away from the cameras.
Growing up things weren’t always easy for Dr Hilary and he's previously revealed how he got into the industry.
He previously told the Telegraph: “My father was an NHS GP in the days when they worked around the clock for very little money, so money was always tight.
“While food in the cupboards and a roof over your head were always a given, anything else above that was a bit of a luxury.”
But that wasn’t enough to put Hilary off from the noble profession as he continued to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a career in medical field.
The father-of-five first qualified as a medical doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead in 1976 at the age of 23.
And after a few minor medical roles to get his bearings, Dr Hilary started his career as the only medical officer on Tristan da Cunha, a group of islands in the South Atlantic in 1978.
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Four years later, he returned to the UK where he soon became a junior doctor at Basingstoke Hospital before he graduated to a full-time GP role in the heart of Hampshire.
And as the doctor started to become a fan favourite on the silver screen over the years, he continued to practice as a GP for the NHS part-time up until 2010.
Rise to fame
He secured his first TV role with GMTV in 1989, in which he became a Health and Medical Advisor for the station from 1993.
The TV star was responsible for reporting on the latest medical stories in the media as well as informing viewers about the best ways to safely tackle common medical problems such as weight loss, contraception and surgery.
Doting dad Dr Hilary maintained his position as the nation’s doctor when GMTV was replaced by Daybreak and Lorraine in 2012 and was one of the few to stay on when Daybreak became Good Morning Britain in 2014.
But it was in March 2020 that his helpful advice became essential to the morning show as the number of deaths continued to skyrocket following the UK outbreak of the coronavirus.
Good Morning Britain isn’t the only TV spot the star has made throughout his medical career.
The loving husband also co-presented The Health Show alongside Terry Wogan, presented a weekly social action programme Loud & Clear for three years and appeared as a panellist on the 2002 ‘docucomedy’ series Dave Gorman’s Important Astrology Experiment.
Aside from his regular TV appearances, the silver fox also had a regular slot on Steve Wright’s BBC Radio 2 programme in which he discusses common medical aliments all while he hosted a number of health advice videos online through “Twitter Clinics” in which members of the public can get advice from one of the best in the business.
The professional health advisor has become such a hit throughout his TV career that he went on to participate in the fifth series of Dancing on Ice as well as compete in a celebrity special on The Chase.
Off screen Dr Hilary is happily married to his loving wife Dee Thresher, who is known as a celebrity personal trainer and TV fitness expert.
Dee is the celebrity doctor’s third wife who was previously married to Anne Marie Vives, who he had two sons with named Tristan and Sebastian.
Before that, the GP was married Sarah Harvey who he shares twins Samantha and Rupert with as well as their third child Dylan.
But Dee and Hilary appear to have stood the test of time as the happy couple tied the knot in 2016, eight years after the pair first met when they worked together on GMTV’s Bikini Diet segment back in 2008.
Dee is 17 years younger than her successful husband and has proven that age is just a number as the impressive couple continue to defy aging with their healthy diet and exercise routine.
When the pair first met, Dr Hilary was married to his second wife Anne Marie which meant that Dee and Hilary kept a strictly platonic friendship for some time until the pair broke up.
Looking back on the early days of their relationship, Dee recalled: “I was the GMTV fitness expert helping people get in shape for summer and he was the doctor giving health advice.
“We were filming in Spain and really got on. A year later we were both at a friend’s wedding, re-connected and we’ve been together ever since.”
Outside of the glitz and the glamour of their TV lifestyle, the pair share a “quirky” home together in a small town in Kent named Edenbridge which they share with their springer spaniel dog named Harley after all their children moved out.
But come the festive period, their house is busier than ever as the couple share eight children and three grandchildren between them.
Dr Hilary previously explained the joy of his loving home with Dee, and said: “It’s just old and nothing’s in a straight line, and nothing’s level.
“It’s a nightmare for decorating, but we just love the house,” he confessed.
The pair happily split the house chores between each other as the medical expert later explained: “I’m pretty good at the maintenance, I've always got a project on.
“Dee does all the cooking thought because I don’t really go in the kitchen! She's Cypriot and cooks some wonderful dishes.”
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