The wife of Britain’s most dangerous prisoner Charles Bronson was found dead of a suspected drug overdose while lying ‘on a bed of cocaine and tablets’, it is claimed.
Paula Williamson, 38, was found lifeless by her new lover on Sunday morning at her house in the Sneyd Green area of Stoke-on-Trent.
The former Coronation Street actress had been kicked out of a nightclub while ‘off her face’ the night before, sources told the Sun.
It is believed that her new boyfriend, whom she had only been seeing for a couple of weeks, phoned emergency services but medics pronounced her dead at 7am.
Paula Williamson (pictured), Charles Bronson’s ex-wife, has been found dead at her home aged 38. She previously starred in Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale, before she met Bronson in 2016 in prison
Police are not treating her death at suspicious.
Her death came on the same day Bronson announced he wanted to marry a pensioner called Joan when he is released from prison.
Britain’s most violent prisoner said he will marry 63-year-old Joan after he leaves prison so they can be ‘two old people together’.
‘My Joan comes from the same era and likes all the same things as me,’ he told The Sun.
‘We’re traditional and have the same style and attitudes. She’s stunning. There’s not a 33-year-old bird out there who’s fit to clean her shoes.’
Bronson reportedly spoke about the death of Ms Williamson with his best man Rod Harrison at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes, reports the Mirror.
Miss Williamson married Britain’s most violent prisoner at HMP Wakefield in West Yorkshire in November 2017, with Bronson handcuffed to the warder for two hours during the ceremony.
But their relationship quickly fell apart and Bronson, 66, was left outraged by a photograph of the actress with a man’s head in her breasts on holiday in Tenerife.
The couple’s marriage was set to be annulled in June, a process that normally takes two weeks, but it is not clear if it went through before her death today.
Bronson, pictured at the High Court in London in 2001, has said he is ‘shocked and upset’ after the death of his ex-wife
Miss Williamson holds a card featuring a photo of Charles Bronson on the front in July 2017
Miss Williamson (pictured centre) appearing in Emmerdale. She also starred in Hollyoaks and Coronation Street
Paula Williamson when she was Charles Bronson’s fiance in 2017, trying on her wedding dress
A police statement said: ‘A woman from Stoke-on-Trent who was found dead has been named as Paula Williamson, aged 38.
‘Paula’s body was found in a house on Gordon Avenue, Sneyd Green, at around 7am.
‘A post mortem will take place to establish the cause of death but the death is not being treated as suspicious.
‘A report is now being prepared for the coroners.’
Miss Williamson appeared multiple times on Coronation Street between 2008 and 2012, playing a nurse.
She also had parts in Hollyoaks, as a Doctor in 2012, and this year appeared in a comedy called Yardies, that is yet to be released.
She starred alongside Emily Watson and Dominic West in the film Appropriate Adult, that was about the search for serial killers Fred and Rose West.
Speaking about the relationship with Bronson in June this year, Miss Williamson previously said: ‘It’s sad. It’s never nice and I have been left with absolutely nothing. I have lost all my work because I married this man as well as family and friends.
‘I don’t believe in mistakes or regrets. Everything happens for a reason. I tried my very best for him and we will remain friends.’
She added: ‘If I wanted to raise my profile I wouldn’t go about it by marrying Britain’s most notorious prisoner. That would destroy my career – and it has done.’
Miss Williamson’s death comes just days after Bronson revealed plans to marry the new love of his life called ‘Joan’. Pictured: Miss Williamson and Bronson
Paula Williamson appeared multiple times on Coronation Street (pictured) and played a nurse
Paul Williamson (pictured left) has been found dead at a house in Stoke-on-Trent. She married Charles Bronson (pictured in his younger days) in 2017 at a prison chapel
Bronson, 66, was left outraged by a photograph of the actress with a man’s head in her breasts on holiday in Tenerife, and the couple were due to have their marriage annulled
How prison letters led to Britain’s unlikeliest marriage
Charles Bronson was jailed for armed robbery in 1974 but has seen time added on to his sentence for multiple violent outbursts inside.
He is currently serving a life sentence for robbery and kidnap in Wakefield prison
Paula Williamson started exchanging letters with Bronson – dubbed Britain’s most violent prisoner – in 2013.
The continued writing while Bronson was engaged to his former partner Lorraine Etherington in 2015.
The former couple finally met for the first time in November 2016 when Williamson visited him in HMP Wakefield.
He proposed to her on Valentine’s Day 2017 by serenading her with a personalised version of the Frank Sinatra classic My Way from a prison pay phone.
They married in November 2017 and walked down the aisle to the Death March.
In April 2018 Williamson admitted they were facing problems in their marriage, which she said had been rocked by Bronson’s bad behaviour and bizarre demands.
She had reportedly been ordered by Bronson to stay slim by doing 400 sit ups a day as he told her ‘don’t get fat’.
Last week it emerged that Bronson was seeking a divorce after he felt ‘humiliated’ by pictures of his wife on a night out in Tenerife.
The couple sought an annulled the marriage in June this year
The marriage was never consummated, and unions in England and Wales are allowed to be annulled if newlyweds have not had sex since tying the knot.
Miss Williamson therefore applied for the marriage to be annulled on those grounds and Bronson, who is now at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes, agreed, in June.
The couple had a tumultuous relationship, and often hit the headlines.
They first started exchanging letters in 2013 and continued writing them while Bronson was engaged to his former partner Lorraine Etherington in 2015.
They finally met in 2016, and Bronson later proposed to her in 2017 by serenading her a version of the Frank Sinatra classic My Way, from a prison pay phone.
They married in November 2017, and walked down the aisle to the Death March.
In April 2018 Miss Williamson admitted they were facing problems after numerous strange demands.
For example she had reportedly been ordered by Bronson to stay slim by doing 400 sit ups a day as he told her ‘don’t get fat’.
Shortly afterwards a furious Bronson hit out at Miss Williamson after pictures surfaced of her being intimate with men on a booze-fuelled night out.
Paula had been at a gay bar on holiday in Tenerife when one of the men she was partying with was dared to put his face in her cleavage and she obliged, which was caught on camera.
In the furious rant, Bronson labelled her a ‘drunken tart’ and said: ‘Without booze I loved her. But she choose booze instead of me.’
He also wrote to a friend and said: ‘I don’t need a trouble and strife (wife). She never had a clue!
‘Without booze I loved her. But she choose booze instead of me.’
He added: ‘Life goes on. It stops for no man. Fun whilst it lasted. Now f*** off.’
Paula Williamson admitted she has a drink and prescription drugs problem in 2018
Miss Williamson was found dead at her home in the Sneyd Green area of Stoke-on-Trent (pictured, the street where she lived)
Miss Williamson broke down in tears in a appearance on Loose Women shortly after Bronson saw the image, and admitted she has a drink and prescription drugs problem.
Paula Williamson’s acting career
Paula Williamson studied theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating in 2005.
She went on to play an unnamed nurse on Coronation Street three times between 2008 and 2012.
She also had roles on soaps Hollyoaks and Emmerdale.
Miss Williamson also starred in two episodes of the mini-series Appropriate Adult back in 2011, where she played Kirsty Stephens.
She is also set to appear in Yardies, a short which is currently in pre-production.
Part of a statement from Bronson said: ‘Paula has disrespected me, my mum and most of all herself. I can’t accept that kind of behaviour from somebody who’s supposed to be my wife.’
In response Miss Williamson said her addictions ‘need to stop’ and that she had ‘humiliated’ him, before crediting Bronson, now known as Charles Salvador, for making her realise she had a problem.
She said: ‘I have got an alcohol problem, I’ve got a drug problem, a prescription drug problem. I’ve had it for years. I know I have.
‘Every single messed up thing I’ve done for a long long time is through alcohol and it needs to stop. It needs to stop and he’s made me realise that.’
In October last year, Miss Williamson revealed she checked herself into the £300-a-night Clouds House rehabilitation facility in Salisbury after attempting suicide. ‘I really hit rock bottom’, she said. She told the Daily Star Sunday: ‘I remember being at home and thinking, “what’s the point carrying on”.
‘I was getting so much abuse over Charlie… awful nasty messages from people who don’t know me, which I didn’t deserve. Plus, I was really hurting from being dumped and watching Charlie move on so easily.’
Bronson is one of the country’s most notorious prisoners and has spent the majority of the past four decades imprisoned for a series of violent crimes.
In recent years he has turned his hand to art and changed his surname from Bronson to Salvador in tribute to the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali.
He first struck up a relationship with Miss Williamson, who also had roles in Emmerdale and Hollyoaks, in 2013 after they started writing to one another.
Bronson had previously said he wanted to have children with Miss Williamson, claiming he would be the ‘best dad in the world’.
He was first locked up for armed robbery in 1974, but during his time inside he has taken hostages in ten prison sieges and attacked at least 20 prison officers.
Last November he was cleared of trying to seriously harm a prison governor after being accused of threatening to gouge the man’s eyes out at HMP Wakefield.
Life and times of Charlie Bronson, the man dubbed ‘Britain’s most dangerous prisoner’
Charles Bronson, whose original name was Michael Gordon Peterson, was born in Luton, Bedfordshire, in 1952.
From a young age Bronson indulged in petty crime, joining a gang of four robbers at the age of 13.
He was given a number of suspended sentences and reprimands until he was first sent to jail for armed robbery in 1974 for seven years aged 22.
While in Walton Gaol, he randomly attacked two prisoners and was sent to Hull the following year.
In the next few years, Bronson continued to attack other inmates, adding months to his sentence and being switched between prisons.
At HMP Wandsworth, he tried to poison another prisoner, leading to him being sent to Parkhurst psychiatric facility where he befriended the infamous Kray twins.
He even described the pair, who ruled the East End of London with their gang during the 1950s and 1960s, as ‘the best two guys I’ve ever met’.
Again, he continued to attack other prisoners, threaten police officers, took people hostage and even attempted suicide as he was moved from prison to prison.
In 1982, he performed a rooftop protest at Broadmoor, removing tiles from the top of the building. He took part in a number of protests over the years, causing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage.
He was released in 1987, and began boxing in the East End of London, changing his name to Charles Bronson after the actor.
After just 69 days of freedom, he was once again jailed for armed robbery for seven years in 1988.
In 1989, he created a spear out of a broken bottle and a broom handle and ran riot in the nude.
Three years later, he was released – this time lasting 53 days outside jail. He was arrested for conspiracy to rob.
In 1993, he took a librarian hostage and asked police to get him a cup of tea, a helicopter, and an inflatable doll.
Three years later, he took two Iraqi prisoners hostage in Belmarsh, demanding a plane, sub-machine guns and ice cream from police negotiators before releasing them.
He was handed a life sentence in 1999 for taking Phil Danielson hostage and trashing the prison in a 44-hour long siege.
In 2001, he married Fatema Saira Rehman, and converted to Islam, demanding to be known as Charles Ali Ahmed. After they divorced four years later, he renounced the religion.
In 2014, he changed his name to Charles Salvador, after Salvador Dali.
Bronson and Paula Williamson met in 2016, and Bronson later proposed to her in 2017 by serenading her a version of the Frank Sinatra classic My Way, from a prison pay phone.
They married in November 2017, and walked down the aisle to the Death March. They had their marriage annulled in June 2019.
In total, Bronson has taken hostages in ten prison sieges and attacked at least 20 prison officers.