Stuart Bingham is an English professional snooker player and the reigning World Snooker Champion.
As an amateur, he won the 1996 IBSF World Snooker Championship, but he then spent many seasons as a journeyman professional before improving his form to become a top-ranked player in his thirties. He first entered the top 32 in the world rankings for the 2006/2007 season, and first reached the top 16 during the 2011/2012 season.
At the age of 35, he won the first ranking title of his career at the 2011 Australian Goldfields Open. He claimed his second ranking title at age 38 by winning the 2014 Shanghai Masters and followed this with his first World Championship in 2015, which British media said "completed an astonishing transition from journeyman to king of the Crucible". With the achievement, Bingham joined Ken Doherty as the only players to have won the world title at both amateur and professional level.
He has been the runner-up in two other ranking events, the 2012 Wuxi Classic and the 2013 Welsh Open. He has won the non-ranking 2012 Premier League Snooker as well as the 2015 Championship League. He has compiled 268 century breaks during his career, including three maximum breaks.
Stuart is married to wife Michelle. They married in a ceremony held in Cyprus. The couple have 2 children a girl and a boy. Bingham was once a keen amateur golfer, but made the decision to play less golf so that he could focus on snooker.