Willie Thorne

Snooker's Mr Maximum

A truly fantastic personality for events, Willie Thorne is one of the leading snooker speakers and event hosts for functions across the nation. Snooker’s Mr. Maximum, Thorne had the perfect blend of old-school percentage play and aggressive potting, recording hundreds of century breaks over his career. One of the most sought after snooker speakers on the after dinner speaker circuit, Willie is in constant demand for his lively demeanor and hilarious tales of life as an elite sportsman.

A regular in the Top 16 rankings in the world for over a decade, Willie won a total of 14 tournament victories.  Thorne enjoyed a career full of success and holds the record for the most 147 breaks in the history of snooker, with over 190 to his name. A charming and witty character, Willie has established himself as a legend of the sport, regularly delivering talks as an after dinner speaker at corporate and social events.

Willie has enjoyed an extensive media and broadcasting career as a TV Presenter and pundit thanks to his consummate professionalism and unique ability to improvise and create fantastic television viewing. A long standing member of Sky Sports and BBC’s coverage of Snooker, Willie has proven himself to be an accomplished TV Presenter, hosting multiple shows for both broadcasters. Away from sports broadcasting, Thorne has also appeared on a number of reality shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Question of Sport, Celebrity Eggheads, Pointless and Sport Relief’s Top Dog. One of the most pleasant onscreen personalities, Willie is sure to have audiences laughing and enjoying anything he appears in, proving testament to his status as a hugely likeable household name.

Willie does not limit himself to just speaking and television appearances. His vast experience of entertainment and media coverage has made him a wonderful event host and auctioneer. Willie ensures your event will run to plan whilst interacting with guests to guarantee everyone has a good time. Killing two birds with one stone, Thorne is also happy to host an auction at your event, leading proceedings and getting the very best price for lots.

Thorne is perhaps the most rounded celebrity to offer his services at events. A keen golfer, Willie often hosts golf days and enjoys joining in with guests in matchplay before heading to the clubhouse for a meal and perhaps an after dinner speech. Having a legend of sport and a hospitality expert on hand during your golf day guarantees all participants will experience an event to remember whilst having any questions answered by a sporting great.

A renowned snooker speaker and wonderful sporting legend for a host of activities, Willie Thorne is available to book exclusively with the Champions Speakers agency, simply fill in our online form or call our celebrity sales team on +44 1509 85 29 27 today.

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  • Snooker Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • Event Host
  • Auctioneer
  • Product Endorsements
  • Golf Days & Personal Appearances
  • TV Appearances
  • Charity Work

Willie Thorne is a long standing member of Sky Sports’ snooker coverage. Throughout this time we have always found Willie to be the consummate professional bringing his own inimitable style to the coverage. Since joining Sky Sports in 1995 he has gone on to work for the BBC and has proved very popular with his precise and witty observations on Snooker. Willie is one of the most recognisable sportsmen in the country and always has time to have a word with fans and followers of all sport which is why he remains so popular today. - Rory Hopkins, Sky Sports

People sometimes feel like they know celebrities when they have not met them, Willie is rare makes you feel like he knows you! He is great fun, personable and a true gentleman - Mike Bond, Vericlaim

The Athletic Union at The University of Hull has a reputation of securing high quality guest speakers for their Annual Trophy Presentation and this year was no exception. Willie Thorne tailored his speech excellently for our multi sport crowd, mixing good stories with hilarious jokes but more than this he worked the room and was more than happy to pose for photos and sign autographs. We would happily recommend him for events such as ours. - Mary Bidder, University of Hull


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