Dennis began playing snooker as a child and turned professional in 1971/72. His finest hour was undoubtedly winning the Embassy World Championship where in an epic final, he came from behind to win 18-17. He is a popular face on television having made numerous guest appearances on a variety of shows including Strictly Come Dancing. He regularly commentates with the BBC commentary team. Dennis is an entertaining after dinner speaker with humorous accounts of his illustrious career.
As a snooker player, Dennis Taylor will go down in history as one of the greatest of all time. A former professional World Champion, he held the crowd and over eighteen million television viewers enthralled with his famous late-night victory over Steve Davis to take the Embassy World title in 1985, a game which went right down to the final black.
During 20 years at the top level of snooker, Dennis also became famed for his upside-down spectacles, charm and sense of humour. Throughout his playing career, remained as a top 12 world ranked player.
Among his many titles he can include; The Benson and Hedges Masters Champion, Japanese, Australian and Canadian Masters Champion, Irish Professional Champion on six occasions, World Trick Shot Champion and he was also captain of three World Cup winning teams.
Following his retirement from the professional game, Dennis turned to the media becoming a member of the BBC snooker commentary team. He now divides his time between commentating, appearing on the Legend’s tour, performing at exhibition evenings where he demonstrates his trick shots while chatting about his career and life on the golf course.
A brief encounter with the dance floor on Strictly Come Dancing did much to prove his expertise lies firmly with snooker. He continued his reality career appearing on The Real Marigold Hotel for the BBC.
On the speaker circuit, Dennis recounts his illustrious career with amusing anecdotes and in a motivational vein, describes how to transform pressure into the will to succeed.