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Stephen Lee (born October 12, 1974) is an English professional snooker player from Trowbridge in Wiltshire, noted for his smooth cue action, which some pundits regard as the most natural in the game. Lee is also distinguished by his unusually high weight for a professional snooker player, and Ronnie O'Sullivan in his autobiography suggested that Lee had developed a food addiction due to the high pressures of the game, O'Sullivan, Ronnie. Ronnie: The Autobiography of Ronnie O'Sullivan. Orion mass market paperback. March 4, 2004..
Known for his love of fast cars, Lee has owned a Lotus and a Porsche in the past.
Lee turned professional after winning the English Amateur Championship in 1992. He has been in or near the top 8 in the world rankings since 1999, but has only won four ranking tournaments, and has never progressed beyond the semi-final (2003) of the world championships.
In the 2006 Welsh Open he came in the competition outside the provisional top 16, after failing to win a ranking tournament for four years. He went on to win the tournament beating the world champion, Shaun Murphy 9-4 in the final.
During the 2006 World Championships at Sheffield, Lee attended a hairdressers in Sheffield prior to his first round match. Unfortunately for him and the viewing public, his usual hairdresser was on holiday. He entered into the Crucible with a most bizarre ginger spiked hairstyle that he hastily changed after his first round match.
In July 2006, Lee was arrested by police on suspicion of conspiracy to supply drugshttp://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/search/display.var.840639.0.snooker_ace_on_bail_after_drugs_arrest.php. Police later wrote to Lee and confirmed that they were dropping the case against him.
He married long-term partner Laura in the summer of 2005 in Florida and is the proud father of four children including twin boys Ronnie and Alfie.
Known as a solid break-builder, he has compiled 125 competitive centuries during his career.
Stephen took time out from his busy schedule in November 2004 to open "Make Or Break" snooker club in Calne, Wiltshire. The snooker club was proposed by a group of young people from the John Bentley School, to the town council and then mayor, Clr. Carol O'Gorman. The club consists of one main snooker room with two full-size tables donated by local groups, and a chill-out room painted by the young people themselves.
On the opening night, Stephen Lee appeared on ITV West News along with the students and cut the tape declaring the club open.
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