Broad is a tall fast bowler who has also exhibited plenty of quality with the bat since breaking into England's team at the age of 20.
A wholehearted performer, he is capable of unsettling batsmen with short deliveries, but is undoubtedly at his best when pitching the ball up to gain bounce and seam movement from a fuller length.
The son of former England opening batsman Chris Broad, Stuart looked set to follow in his dad's footsteps by becoming a batsman before a sudden growth spurt encouraged him to work on his bowling.
After impressing for Leicestershire, particularly in Twenty20 cricket, and England A, Broad was fast-tracked into the senior one-day team for the NatWest Series against Pakistan in 2006 and was then voted young cricketer of the year at the cricket writers' dinner that year.
Within 12 months, and having moved to Nottinghamshire, he had established himself as a fine all-round performer at international level, highlighted by four wickets and a vital unbeaten 45 with the bat in England's NatWest Series win over India at Old Trafford in August 2007.
Broad continued to develop and was awarded his Test debut on the winter tour of Sri Lanka before impressing in the away and home series against New Zealand.
Consecutive half-centuries against South Africa highlighted his prowess with the bat and he then returned career-best figures of 5-23 on his home ground in the subsequent one-day series.
An ECB central contract followed and it was no surprise to see Broad play a key role in the 2009 Ashes.
Having found form with bat and ball in Australia's series-levelling win at Headingley, he produced a man-of-the-match performance in The Oval decider, claiming 5-37 in the first innings to decimate Australia's top order and help England to victory.
His growing influence was recognised when he was named one of Wisden's five cricketers of the year.
He continued to perform impressively at international level in 2010 and played in all seven matches as England secured glory at the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.
Broad finished as England's leading wicket-taker in the one-day series versus Australia that summer, claiming 12 scalps at less than 20, and then enjoyed a memorable Test series against Pakistan throughout July and August.
His 14 wickets at 23 represented an impressive haul, but it was his sensational return to form with the bat that provided one of the highlights of England's summer as he amassed 169 - his maiden Test hundred - in a world-record eighth-wicket partnership of 332 with Jonathan Trott at Lord's.
His Ashes tour that winter was cruelly cut short after two Tests by a torn abdominal muscle. He regained fitness in time for England's World Cup campaign but had managed only three competitive games when a side strain forced him out of the competition.
Broad succeeded Paul Collingwood as England T20 captain in May 2011 and, after a dip in form had put his place in the five-day team under threat, went on to win England's man of the series award in the 4-0 thrashing of India that saw Andrew Strauss' men climb to the top of the Test rankings. In four Tests, he picked up 25 wickets at 13.84 including a hat-trick in the second at Trent Bridge.
After being hampered by shoulder and calf injuries over the winter, Broad claimed a first 10-wicket match haul at Lord's in May 2012, aiding victory over West Indies.
He also struck eight times in the drawn Test against South Africa at Headingley, before leading his country in the next edition of the World Twenty20, which England exited at the Super Eights stage.
A problematic heel together with a dip in form saw Broad lose his place in England's Test team on the successful tour of India.
However, having regained his spot during the subsequent trip to New Zealand, he was soon back to his best.
His efforts were summed up during a fine Ashes campaign, his 22 wickets - highlighted by an 11-scalp outing at the Emirates Durham ICG - helping England to a 3-0 triumph over the old enemy.
A winter of frustration followed due to defeats mixed with some knee problems. Yet Broad led England at the World T20 in Bangladesh and was firing again as he claimed a second Test hat-trick, which came against Sri Lanka at Headingley.
Injury prevented Broad playing limited-overs internationals that summer, at the end of which he underwent knee surgery that ruled him out of the trip to Sri Lanka.