The Magician's greatest trick was winning the 2005 World title

 

D.O.B. 10 Aug 1982

 

Lives Worsley

 

Turned Pro 1998

 

Ranking Tournament Victories Four - World Championship 2005, Malta Cup 2007, UK Championship 2008, Players Tour Championship 2011

 

World Snooker Tour prize money 2011/12 + 2012/13 seasons (ranking events / PTCs only) £268,300

 

Highest Tournament Break 147 B&H Championship 2001

 

Murphy showed an impressive level of consistency during the 2012/13 season and finished it ranked No 4 in the world. However the titles he craves eluded him and he was not able to add to his collection of silverware.

 

The closest he came was at the williamhill.com UK Championship when he produced some stunning snooker to fight back from 8-4 down against Ali Carter in the semi-finals, winning 9-8. However he came off second best in a battle with Mark Selby in the final, losing 10-6.

 

"Mark is the hardest player on tour by a mile. He is a worthy world number one," said sporting Murphy. "I have had a great week and great support. I have been beaten by the best in the world."

 

Murphy also got to the semi-finals of three events in China - the Shanghai Masters, International Championship and China Open. And he reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship but went down 13-12 in a classic match against Judd Trump.

 

In September 2011, Murphy won the new Brazil Masters, the first professional tournament ever staged in South America, by beating the likes of Ricky Walden and Stephen Hendry to reach the final before white-washing Graeme Dott 5-0 with a top break of 139.

 

"It's a great opportunity we've been given, to go around the world playing the game we love," said Murphy. "I'll have very fond memories of Brazil and I would love to see this become a regular event. The people here are very enthusiastic, they have enjoyed it and I think this is a market that can be expanded.

 

"This is a great time for snooker and it's very exciting to be part of it, with so many new formats and new locations."

 

In 2012 he reached the final of snooker's most prestigious invitation event, the Masters, but lost 10-6 to Neil Robertson.

 

He won his fourth full ranking title in 2011 by beating Martin Gould 4-0 in the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals.

 

Murphy won the 2008 UK Championship, and became only the tenth player in snooker history to have won both the World and UK titles. He got the better of a thrilling final against Marco Fu, taking a tense deciding frame for a 10-9 victory.

 

Murphy rewrote snooker's history books with his extraordinary victory at the Crucible in 2005. As the world No 48, he was the lowest ranked player ever to win snooker's biggest title. He was also the second youngest winner, after Stephen Hendry in 1990, and the second ever qualifier, after Terry Griffiths in 1979.

 

His route to the final took him past Chris Small, John Higgins, Steve Davis and Peter Ebdon then he came from 10-6 down overnight to beat Matthew Stevens 18-16, finishing the match in style with breaks of 97 and 83 in the last two frames. Viewing figures on BBC Sport peaked at 7.8 million.

 

He was also runner-up at the Crucible in 2009, losing 18-9 to John Higgins.

 

His other ranking title came at the 2007 Malta Cup when he beat Ryan Day in the final.

 

At the 2007 Welsh Open, in a first round match against Jamie Cope, Murphy made century breaks in each of the first four frames (135, 123, 102, 101) - the first time that had been achieved in a ranking best-of-nine match.

 

Recognised as a prodigious talent in his junior days on account of his exceptionally straight cue action, long potting and break-building skills, Murphy won the 2000 B&H Snooker Championship, overcoming Stuart Bingham 9-7 in the final.

 

Away from the table, Murphy is a fanatical golfer and plays to a single figure handicap. He enjoys learning languages, reading and music and is an accomplished piano player. He also enjoys fast cars and the James Bond enthusiast currently drives an Aston Martin.