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Deta Hedman
Deta Hedman on Darts Planet TV.jpg
Hedman in 2018
Personal information
Nickname"The Dark Destroyer"[1]
Born (1959-11-14) 14 November 1959 (age 61)
Kingston, Jamaica
Home townWitham, England
Darts information
Playing darts since1973
Darts28g One80 Deta Hedman
Walk-on music"Hot Hot Hot" by Arrow
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO1987–1996, 2010–2020
Current world ranking(WDF W) 1 Increase 1 (13 December 2020)[2]
BDO majors – best performances
World Ch'shipRunner Up: 2012, 2014, 2016
World MastersWinner (2) 1994, 2013
World Darts TrophyRunner Up: 2016
Finder MastersWinner (2) 1996,[3] 2011
PDC premier events – best performances
World Ch'ship(Women's) Quarter final: 2010[4]
(Men's) Last 96: 2021
Desert Classic(Women's) Winner 2002[5]
UK OpenLast 64: 2005
Other tournament wins
Antwerp Open
Australian Grand Masters
BDO International Open
Belgium Open
Blackpool Grosvenor Open
British Classic
British Open
British Penthalon
Camber Sands Open
Centerparcs Masters
Cockney Classic
Czech Open
Denmark Masters
Denmark Open
Dutch Open
England Classic
England Masters
England Open
Finnish Open
French Open
German Masters
German Open
Granite City Open
Grosvenor Grand Prix
Hal Open
Harlow Open
International Open
Isle of Man Open
Kent Open
Mariflex Open
May Day Open
Mill Ryth Open
Muensterland Trophy
Northants Open
Northern Ireland Open
Norway Open
Pacific Masters
PDC Women's Series
Police Masters
Polish Open
Ricoh Open
Scottish Open
Seashore Festival Open
Seawick Open
Sunparcs Masters
Swedish Open
Swiss Open
Turkish Open
Vantaa Singles
Welsh Classic
Welsh Open
WDF Europe Cup Singles
WDF Europa Cup Pairs
WDF World Cup Singles
WDF World Cup Pairs
1993, 2010
2012, 2013, 2014
1996, 2009, 2011
2010, 2012, 2014
2009, 2013, 2014
2010, 2013, 2014
2009, 2011
2011, 2013
1994, 1995, 2014
2010, 2012, 2013
1996, 2013
1989, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2010
1994, 1995, 2014
2011, 2012, 2013
2009, 2012
1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2011
2010, 2012, 2013
2012, 2013
1992, 1994
2011, 2012, 2013
2011, 2012, 2013
1995, 1997, 2012, 2013
1987, 1993
1995, 1996
2009, 2011
1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 2010
1989, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2012
2011, 2012
1994, 1996

Deta Hedman (born 14 November 1959) is an English darts player who plays in World Darts Federation (WDF) events.


Hedman was born in Jamaica in 1959. Her parents emigrated to the United Kingdom in the early 1960s, leaving Hedman and her siblings in the care of relatives in Jamaica.[6] She spent her childhood with her aunt in Castleton in a shack without running water or electricity, going to school from Monday to Thursday and working on the farm on Fridays.[6] Her parents eventually settled in Witham, Essex and over time, brought their children to the UK, with Hedman joining them in January 1973.[6] She started playing darts with her older brother after babysitting for him and then at the local pub in Witham and further afield in Essex.[6] When she was 25, she joined a super league. She was selected for the county, and in 1987 she began playing in British Darts Organisation events.[6]


Hedman reached the Women's World Masters final for the first time in 1990, losing to Rhian Speed. She beat defending champion Mandy Solomons to win the Women's World Masters in 1994.[7] When she retired from darts in 1997 due to work commitments, she had been Women's World Number 1 since 1994.[8]

Hedman returned to darts in 2002 with the Professional Darts Corporation. She qualified for the UK Open in 2004, and more famously in 2005, when she defeated Aaron Turner and Norman Fletcher before losing to Wayne Atwood in the last 64. Her win over Turner was the first time that a female darts player had beaten a male player in a televised major.[7]

Due to work commitments, Hedman retired again in 2007 but returned to the BDO in 2009.[7] After winning numerous open titles in 2009, she qualified for the BDO Women's World Championship for the first time in 2010. She defeated Irina Armstrong 2–0 in the quarter-finals, but was beaten 2–0 by eventual champion Trina Gulliver in the semi-finals. Hedman won the 2010 BDO Classic tournament beating Karen Lawman 3-2 in the final.[9]

Hedman also competed in the first PDC Women's World Darts Championship in 2010, but lost to Fiona Carmichael in the quarter-finals.[10]

At the 2011 BDO World Darts Championship, Hedman defeated Belgium's Patricia De Peuter 2–1 in the quarter-finals before being whitewashed 2–0 by Rhian Edwards in the semi-finals.

Hedman's best run at the BDO World Darts Championship came in 2012, where she beat Rhian Edwards and Lorraine Farlam to reach the final. In the final, she led Anastasia Dobromyslova by a set and threw for the championship, but was broken and ultimately lost 2–1.[11] This was equalled by her 2016 run where she lost in the final to Trina Gulliver.

Despite being ranked No.1 for the 2013 BDO World Darts Championship Hedman was knocked out in the first round 0–2 by Lisa Ashton. The following season, Hedman won 14 titles and once again reached the world final, but lost once again this time from 2–0 in sets and 2–1 in legs having yet again thrown for the title. Hedman eventually lost the final 3–2 to Lisa Ashton despite having a checkout percentage over 75%.[12]

Hedman reached the final of the 2016 BDO World Darts Championship but was beaten by Trina Gulliver who won her 10th title.[13]


She competed for a tour card at the 2020 Q-School however she failed to gain a tour card. In October 2020 the PDC held the inaugural Women's Series, a set of 4 events with 2 qualifying spots for the 2021 PDC World Darts Championship. She tied with Fallon Sherrock on the Order of Merit, however Hedman won beating Sherrock 85-83 on legs won, meaning Hedman will debut in the 2021 PDC World Championship.


Hedman was on the list of the BBC's 100 Women announced on 23 November 2020.[14]

World Championship results


  • 2010 (women's): Quarter Final (lost to Fiona Carmichael 2–4)
  • 2021: First round (lost to Andy Boulton 1–3)


Personal life

Hedman's brother Rudi was a professional footballer playing for Colchester United and Crystal Palace. Her other brother, Al, was a professional darts player and former 1995 BDO British Open Champion.[15] Her nephew Graham is a 400-metre runner.


  1. ^ "Deta Hedman Player Profile".
  2. ^ "WDF Women's Rankings Table". WDF. 13 December 2020. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  3. ^ "EGM". Jeroen Snijders (1996). Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  4. ^ 2010 PDC Womens World Championship Darts Database
  5. ^ 2002 Womens Las Vegas Desert Classic Darts Database
  6. ^ a b c d e Grey, Becky (13 August 2020). "Deta Hedman: 'I'm not here to please you. I'm here to play a game that I enjoy'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  7. ^ a b c "Deta Hedman: "I don't really think about how many titles I've won, I just go with the flow really!"". Love The Darts. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Profile for Deta Hedman". Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Ross Montgomery and Deta Hedman win BDO Classic titles". BBC Sport. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Joy For Wright & Bromberg". PDCTV. Professional Darts Corporation. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Bullseye checkout seals Dobromyslova win". BBC Sport. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  12. ^ "BDO World Darts: Lisa Ashton defeats Deta Hedman in final". BBC Sport. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  13. ^ Cartwright, Phil (9 January 2016). "Trina Gulliver wins 10th BDO World Championships title". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  14. ^ "BBC 100 Women 2020: Who is on the list this year?". BBC News. 23 November 2020. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  15. ^ "Interview with Deta Hedman". Global Darts. 2013.

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