Arguably one of the greatest ever snooker players, Dennis Taylor is a legend of the sport. With a career spanning 28 years, and countless prestigious trophies, including the World Snooker Championship, Taylor has gained a place in the history books, a long-standing fan favourite and formidable player. Dedicating much of his later time to media appearances, as a commentator and celebrity sportsman, Taylor has maintained his public platform, making him one of the most popular recognisable stars for after-dinner talks. As a speaker he brings the excitement of the matches alive for audiences, retelling some of the most iconic moments in competition and sharing exclusive anecdotes from behind the scenes of snooker.
With a top career ranking of second in the world in 1979, Taylor has earnt his place as a legendary player. From his professional debut in 1972, he dominated the table, going on to reach the illustrious World Snooker Championships on two occasions, winning the grand title in 1985, with a record number of viewers tuning in to watch his face the favourite: Steve Davis. In a match that was later coined the ‘blackball final’ Taylor took the competition to the only ever respotted black final the tournament has ever seen. Securing the 1987 Masters, 1984 Grand Prix, and three team World Cups with Ireland, Taylor’s trophy cabinet is one of the most impressive sport has ever seen. Recognised for his ability to consistently perform under pressure, Taylor now supports corporate clients in replicating his success in their own industries, as an authority in peak performance.
Since stepping back from professional play, after winning a final three consecutive World Trickshot Championships, Taylor has continued to perform on the World Seniors Tour. Experiencing first-hand the top-levels of the game, Taylor naturally transitioned into commentary, providing insightful and entertaining analysis of live matches for the BBC. With such celebrity status, he has been sought after for media work, appearing on the likes of Big Break and Strictly Come Dancing, drawing vast numbers of viewers in with his notoriety.