Charles Bronson, with his dog Della, during time out from prison in 1992

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Notorious inmate Charles Bronson weds soap actress girlfriend in Yorkshire prison

Notorious inmate Charles Bronson has married his soap star girlfriend in prison, according to reports.

The couple are said to have exchanged vows in HMP Wakefield in West Yorkshire yesterday, with Paula Williamson in white and the man who has spent 40 years in confinement wearing 'trousers with a zip' for the first time in two decades.

The suit was hand-delivered to HMP Wakefield ahead of the ceremony in a white cotton bag, while the bride arrived in a floor length white gown covered with a purple cloak.


Guests were also seen arriving at the prison, only five people were allowed to witness the exchange of vows in the same room they use for parole hearings while the ceremony was performed by an independent registrar.

A black Saab and a Mercedes Benz with 'Just Married' bunting on the back appeared outside the prison before 2pm.

Williamson said last month that she would get an hour with her new husband on the day, but that they wouldn't allow him to leave the prison.

At the ceremony, Bronson emotionally told his younger wife she was the 'most beautiful woman in the world', according to the Daily Mail.

Bronson is said to have returned to his jail cell after the ceremony, while guests moved the party on to a nearby hotel.

Bronson, who has changed his name to Salvatore by deed poll in 2014, is serving a life sentence for robbery and kidnap.

He and Paula Williamson, 37, who has appeared in Emmerdale and Coronation Street, became an item after Williamson contacted the inmate about his book Broadmoor.

"Charles Bronson was a very very violent offender, Charles Salvatore is the man I'm marrying," Williamson told Loose Women last month. "Since [he changed his name] he has not committed any violent offense whatsoever."

"What's in my mind is every single day is how much he's rehabilitated himself."

Neither Williamson nor Bronson's parents were planning to be present for the wedding, as the bride's father and groom's mother are ill however Williamson said that her mother supported her as she "sees that he makes me happy."

Speaking of her future as a wife of a prisoner, Williamson said: "It will be very difficult when he gets out, we spoke about having children but where he is now it can't happen."

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