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Steve Davis was born on August 22, 1957, in Plumstead, London. After taking up snooker at the age of just 12, he was spotted six years later by agent Barry Hearn who has worked with him ever since.

In 1976 he won the English Under-19 Billiards Championship, before deciding to turn pro at snooker on September 17, 1978.

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After winning his first World Championship in 1981, Davis went on to claim five more world titles in the Eighties.

In January 1982 he made history by becoming the first man to make a televised 147 break, against John Spencer. Overall, he’s made 345 century breaks in professional competition.

The Londoner became world number one in 1983 and held on to that top ranking for seven years. A BBC2 record 18.5 million viewers stayed up past midnight to watch Davis lose on the black to Dennis Taylor 18-17 in the 1985 World Championship final.

In 1988, Davis was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Earlier that year he had also been awarded an MBE. In 2001 he was also awarded an OBE.

During his long and illustrious career ‘The Nugget’ has appeared in 41 ranking finals, winning 28 of them. He’s also won 51 non-ranking titles.