The 2011 Australian Goldfields Open champion and 2012 Premier League winner.


D.O.B. 21 May 1976


Lives Basildon, Essex


Turned Pro 1995


Ranking titles: One - Australian Goldfields Open 2011


World Snooker Tour prize money 2011/12 + 2012/13 seasons (ranking events / PTCs only) £247,294


Highest Tournament Break 147 - UK Tour Event Three 1999, Masters qualifier 2005, Wuxi Classic 2012


Bingham enjoyed the best season of his career in 2012/13. He won two events on the Asian Players Tour Championship series - APTC1 and APTC3. And in November 2012 he won the prestigious Premier League, going undefeated throughout the group phase and beating Judd Trump 7-2 in the final.


"I'm over the moon and this means so much, it's unbelievable and to pick up this trophy means the world," said Bingham after getting his name on the trophy alongside the likes of Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan. "I feel sorry for those guys but it's amazing to have my name on same trophy!" he joked.


Bingham also came very close to winning a ranking title at the Wuxi Classic and the Welsh Open. In the former he reached the final but lost to Ricky Walden 10-4, despite making a 147. And in the latter he got to the final again and fought Stephen Maguire all the way, only to lose 9-8.


The Basildon potter finished the season with a run to the quarter-finals of the World Championship, and though he was no match for Ronnie O'Sullivan, losing 13-4, he finished the season ranked sixth in the world.


After 16 years of trying, Bingham won his first ranking title in 2011, a victory which also pushed him into the top 16 of the world rankings for the first time.


His first taste of major success came a long way from home: 12,000 miles away in fact at the Australian Goldfields Open, which was the first ranking event ever staged Down Under.


Bingham beat Ding Junhui, Tom Ford, Mark Allen and Shaun Murphy to reach the final. It looked as if he would have to settle for second prize when he trailed Mark Williams 8-5 and was trapped in a snooker on the last red, but somehow managed to escape from the snooker, win the frame and hit back to win 9-8.


"The match changed after that and I thought 'this is your chance'," said Bingham. "At 8-8 the crowd's reaction gave me goose pimples and I was shaking. I had made a game of it and the momentum was with me.


"This is without doubt the best week of my life - it's just an unbelievable feeling. I don't care what anyone says. I have this for the rest of my life and no one can take this title away from me."


Victory was particularly sweet for Bingham as he emphatically refuted an accusation from rival Mark Allen that he had "no bottle."


Bingham made a piece of snooker history in 2006 by becoming the first player ever to win the Masters qualifying event in consecutive seasons. Indeed, by beating Mark Selby 6-2 in the final at the World Snooker Academy he became the first player to win the tournament twice.


He has caused a stir at the Crucible on two occasions. In 2000 he scored one of the event's biggest ever first-round shocks, beating defending world champion Stephen Hendry 10-7, before losing 13-9 to Jimmy White.


Two years later he hit the headlines for less happy reasons during a first round match against Ken Doherty when he came within two balls of a maximum 147 and a £167,000 jackpot but missed the final pink. "I suppose the £167,000 wasn't mine to start with, but it's hard to take," he said. "Some bloke came up to me last night and said I had cost him £20 by missing the pink. I said 'how do you think I feel!'"


Bingham, world amateur champion in 1996, used to be a keen golfer, before the hectic snooker circuit forced him to put away his clubs. He and wife Michelle have a boy called Shae, born in 2011.