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

 

D.O.B. 10 Aug 1982

 

Lives Manchester

 

Turned Pro 1998

 

Ranking Tournament Victories Five - World Championship 2005, Malta Cup 2007, UK Championship 2008, Players Tour Championship 2011, Haikou World Open 2014

 

Money list earnings 2012/13 + 2013/14: £366,405

 

Highest Tournament Break 147 three times

 

Murphy ended a three-year drought without a title by winning two tournaments in quick succession in the latter half of the 2013/14 season.

 

He won the Gdynia Open European Tour event in Poland, beating Fergal O'Brien 4-1 in the final. He also made a 147 during that event, which was his second maximum in a matter of weeks having made one at the Championship League.

 

And Murphy went on to land a full ranking title at the Haikou World Open on Hainan Island to the south of mainland China. The fifth ranking title of his career came with victories over Jimmy White, Mark King, Ding Junhui, Graeme Dott, Mark Allen and a 10-6 final defeat of close friend Mark Selby.

 

"I'm so happy to win a ranking event again, it has been a long time. Snooker is a very tough game now so these events are hard to win. There's no secret to it, I've just been working very hard and practising every day for a long time. It worked in Poland and it's worked here," said Murphy, who had lost over three stone in weight through a diet and fitness routine which he started in 2013.

 


At the World Championship, he opened with victories over Jamie Cope and Marco Fu, but then lost 13-3 to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals.

 

 
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."

 

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.

 

 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 watching James Bond and Superman films.