Peter Wright is a professional darts player from Scotland, competing in the Professional Darts Corporation. As of now, he holds the fourth position in the world rankings. With two PDC World Darts Championship victories in 2020 and 2022, he has earned the title of a two-time world champion. He is known as “Snakebite.
Height- 185 cm
Weight- 105 kg
Full name-Peter Stuart Wright
Born-10 March 1970
Birthplace-Livingston, United Kingdom
Profession-Scottish darts player
The parents of Peter Stuart Wright are unidentified. He was born in Livingston, Scotland, to a 16-year-old single mother. When he was three years old, Wright and his mother relocated to London due to her concerns that her sisters might separate her from her child.
Wright is married to Joanne; His distinctive hair is styled by his wife Joanne, who is also a hairdresser, drawing inspiration from their daughter.
At the age of 24, Wright qualified for the initial round of the 1995 BDO World Darts Championship. However, he temporarily abandoned professional darts, opting instead for a career as a builder and tire fitter while participating in local darts leagues. His return to the professional darts scene occurred in his late 30s, with his inaugural full schedule of PDC events in 2008. The breakthrough came in 2010 when he qualified for his first PDC World Darts Championship, and he achieved his initial top-16 placement in 2013. The pinnacle was reached in 2014 when he reached his first world final, finishing as the runner-up to Michael van Gerwen.
In 2017, Wright secured his inaugural major PDC title at the UK Open, and by October 2023, he had triumphed in 14 televised events, including 8 major titles. On the PDC Pro Tour, he clinched victory in 33 events, accumulating 47 PDC titles overall. His remarkable achievement of a televised nine-dart finish took place at the 2020 Premier League Darts.
However, Wright faced an early exit in the 2018 World Championship, succumbing to Jamie Lewis in the second round. Despite finishing seventh in the 2018 Premier League Darts, he rebounded by reaching the final of the 2018 PDC World Cup of Darts alongside Gary Anderson, albeit losing to the Netherlands team.
The momentum continued as Wright secured a semi-final spot at the 2018 World Match play and emerged victorious at the 2018 Melbourne Darts Masters. Additionally, he reached the finals of the 2018 World Grand Prix and the 2018 Champions League of Darts, falling short to Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson, respectively.
At the 2019 World Championship, Wright faced another early exit, losing 3–1 to Spaniard Toni Alcinas in the second round. Concluding the 2019 Premier League Darts season in 8th place, he secured victories only against Raymond van Barneveld and contender Steve Lennon.
In the 2020 World Championship, Wright narrowly escaped elimination, surviving a match dart at bullseye in a sudden-death leg against Noel Malicdem in the second round. He went on to defeat Seigo Asada and Jeffrey de Zwaan, reaching the quarter-finals. There, he triumphed 5–3 over Luke Humphries, advancing to the semi-finals for the first time since the 2017 tournament.
Wright commenced his title defense at the 2021 World Championship by defeating Steve West in his opening match while donning a Grinch costume. However, his reign as world champion concluded in the third round, as he was defeated 4–3 by Gabriel Clemens. In the 2022 World Championship, he started with a convincing 3–0 win against Ryan Meikle and staged a comeback from 2–0 down to defeat Damon Heta 4–2 in the third round.
At the 2023 World Championship, Wright began his title defense with a 3–0 victory over Mickey Mansell. However, his defense concluded with a 4–1 loss to Kim Huybrechts in the third round. On January 12, in the inaugural Bahrain Darts Masters, he defeated Toru Suzuki 6-3 in the opening round but lost a last-leg decider to Rob Cross in the quarter-finals. The following week, he secured victory at the Nordic Darts Masters for the first time, beating Gerwyn Price in the final with a score of 11-5.
Peter Wright Style and On-stage Image
Wright is famed for his dynamic Mohican hairstyle and ever-changing extravagant attire throughout tournament rounds. His intricate hair, taking two hours to craft, is the handiwork of his wife and hairdresser, Joanne, drawing inspiration from their daughter. While many initially linked the snake painted on his head to his favorite drink, the snakebite, and his nickname, “Snakebite,” it actually stems from his genuine affection for snakes. In an interview following his first World Championship win, Wright explained, “I just like snakes. I’m a bit like a snake – I’m a quiet person who likes to be left alone. If you keep poking me, I’ll bite you.”
Wright views his distinctive look as a form of war paint, boosting his confidence on the stage where, despite his shy nature, he feels in his element. Known for experimenting with specially designed darts and adjusting weight, flights, and stems, he often changes his dart setup between rounds.
During matches, Wright kicks off with a sidestep dance to Pitbull’s “Don’t Stop the Party” and strategically pauses on the third dart of leg-winning doubles to engage the crowd further upon his return to the oche. Despite receiving criticism from fellow professionals, including world champions Adrian Lewis and Michael van Gerwen, who consider his acts disrespectful, Wright asserts that his primary goal is to entertain spectators, and he remains committed to playing in his distinctive and entertaining style.
Peter Wright, Net Worth
Wright is approximated to have a net worth of £3 million.