Who is Dr Michael Mosley, the TV and radio show host who has gone missing in Greece?

Michael Mosley, 67, has four children with his wife Clare Bailey Mosley is also a doctor, author and health columnist, who wrote the recipe book Fast 800 Easy

TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley has gone missing in Greece while on holiday, his agent has confirmed.

A search and rescue operation is under way in Symi, one of the Dodecanese Islands, for Mosley, best known for his appearances on The One Show and This Morning, along with fronting documentaries.

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A local Facebook group said Mosley went for a walk from Saint Nikolas Beach around 1.30pm Greek time on Wednesday, but had not returned by Thursday morning.

An Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who is missing in Greece and are in contact with the local authorities.”

Who is Dr Michael Mosley?

Mosley is best known for fronting diet and exercise TV and radio shows. The 67-year-old broadcaster was first trained as a doctor before moving in to the world of broadcasting.

Through his work, he helped popularise the 5:2 diet and often pushed his body to extreme lengths to see the effects, including living with tapeworms in his guts for six weeks for a documentary.

What is his educational background?

After studying PPE at Oxford, Mosley became an investment banker, but later retrained as a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

He decided it was not the right profession for him after qualifying, later joining the BBC as a trainee assistant producer.

What work has Mosley done for the BBC?

During his career with the broadcaster he has presented a host of science programmes and films, including the series Trust Me, I’m A Doctor, which looked at healthcare in Britain.

He also carried out many unusual experiments on himself within these shows, including eating a black pudding made with his own blood and injecting snake venom into his blood to see how it clotted in the BBC documentary The Wonderful World Of Blood.

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In a BBC Four documentary Infested!, he infected himself with parasites including tapeworms in order to understand how they impact the human body.

He often appears on BBC’s The One Show and ITV’s This Morning and has hosted many other shows including Medical Mavericks; Blood And Guts; Science Story; The Young Ones; Inside The Human Body; Eat, Fast Live And Longer; The Truth About Exercise; Pain, Pus & Poison and The Genius Of Invention.

Has Mosley received any awards?

In 2002, Mosley was nominated for an Emmy for his executive producer role on BBC science documentary The Human Face, presented by John Cleese and featuring a raft of famous faces including Elizabeth Hurley, Pierce Brosnan and David Attenborough.

He is also credited with popularising the 5:2 diet, a form of intermittent fasting, through his book The Fast Diet which he co-authored with journalist Mimi Spencer.

Mosley later advocated for The Fast 800 diet, which follows a “moderately low-carb, Mediterranean-style diet”, which he wrote a book about.

He has also made a number of series for Channel 4, including one that looked at why the UK is losing its battle with obesity after 30 years of government schemes trying to tackle the issue.

The broadcaster hosts a Radio 4 podcast, titled Just One Thing, where he reveals tips to help improve your health.

He recorded a special edition of the show at the Hay Festival on May 25 with Professor Tanya Byron.

What about Mosley’s personal background?

Mosley is married to Clare Bailey, who is also a doctor, health columnist and author, and has four children.

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