Christian Jessen: Perfectly all right as I amBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5704 (Published 18 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5704
Christian Jessen is an outspoken health campaigner who combines his medical work with a broadcasting career, presenting programmes such as Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies. He also achieved critical acclaim for his documentary Undercover Doctor: Cure Me, I’m Gay, which challenged conversion therapy. Jessen qualified from University College London in 2000 and practises at Doctorcall in Harley Street. He lives in central London with his partner and, when not practising medicine, collects French Empire-style furniture.
What was your earliest ambition?
To be a theatre and film director. It’s an ambition that still lingers in the background.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
Floella Benjamin, from Play School, if I must give an answer. She was wonderful (and indeed still is). But I’ve never really been one for having idols—there’s never been a poster on …