Britain’s most violent prisoner Charles Bronson has proposed to his actress girlfriend after she visited him in prison.
The 64-year-old, who has numerous convictions for armed robbery, wounding and grievous bodily harm, got down on one knee when Paula Williamson came to see him at HMP Wakefield.
It is understood he had planned a more elaborate proposal where a ring would have been delivered to her home and he would have asked over the phone while ‘serenading’ her.
The notorious prisoner and former bare-knuckle boxer was first jailed in 1974 and has spent a total of 41 years in prison, having had his sentence increased previously for attacking fellow inmates and taking people hostage.
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Britain's 'most violent prisoner' Charles Bronson is said to have proposed to his actress girlfriend Paula Williamson, pictured appearing as a stripper on Emmerdale
Miss Williamson, pictured, is said to have been with Bronson for five months and said they were 'so in love'
Bronson is said to have popped the question during a prison visit at HMP Wakefield. He is pictured in 2004
But Miss Williamson, 36, of Stoke-on-Trent, said the couple were ‘so in love’ and a ‘perfect match’.
She told The Sun: ‘I’ve had relationships with both men and women in the past but none of them come close to my love for Charlie. He’s so eccentric, but so am I. It’s a perfect match.
She added: ‘I know he has a public image of being a violent prisoner, but in reality he is so different. He can never change the things he has done in the past, but he is working so hard to put that behind him.’
The pair are said to have been together for five months and are ‘determined to make the relationship work’ despite him being in prison.
Miss Williamson has previously appeared in several UK soaps, including roles in Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, in which she played a stripper.
In 2014 Bronson changed his surname to Salvador in honour of artist Salvador Dali, and Miss Williamson was seen wearing a necklace spelling out the moniker when visiting the inmate.
Bronson, pictured as a younger man, has twice been married before, both ending in divorce
Bronson – whose life was made into a 2009 film starring Tom Hardy as the prisoner - has been married twice before, first to Irene Bronson, whom he divorced in 1977 after a five-year marriage, and then to Fatema Saira Rehman, a Bangladeshi-born divorcee whom he married in 2001 after the pair had exchanged letters.
He briefly converted to Islam during the second marriage, which ended after four years.
Bronson has spent much of his time in jail in solitary confinement due to his history of violence.