Paula Williamson’s grieving mum reveals she never understood why late Corrie star daughter married notorious prisoner Charles Bronson


THE grieving mum of Charles Bronson’s ex-wife has said she never understood why her late Corrie actress daughter wed the notorious con.

Paula Williamson’s lifeless body was allegedly found “on top of a bed of cocaine and tablets” yesterday morning following a suspected overdose.

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Paula Williamson was found dead at home yesterday aged 38. Her mum has said she never understood her marriage to Charles Bronson[/caption]

Paula wed notorious prisoner Charles Bronson in 2017 – but her mum and dad refused to attend the prison ceremony

Speaking after the tragic discovery, her distraught mum Hazel revealed she and her husband Clive, 81, refused to go to Paula’s prison wedding in 2017.

Hazel, 80, said of the marriage: “It was wrong.”

She told MailOnline: “I said: ‘I don’t like what you are doing, but I still love you, I don’t want you to be estranged from me.

“I could not understand what had possessed her. I had never heard of him, but when I knew I thought ‘for goodness sake’.

“It was unfathomable. She said: ‘You do not know him, he is ever so nice’. But the things he had done were not very nice.

“She seemed to think it was glamorous. But we would not go to the wedding.”


Paula, 38, was found unresponsive at her home in Stoke-on-Trent by her new lover – just hours after it was revealed Bronson wants to wed again.

Emergency services rushed to the scene but the former Coronation Street actress could not be saved.

Cops said they weren’t treating the death as suspicious.

Sources told The Sun it was “drug related” and revealed Paula had been thrown out of a nightclub while “off her face” on Saturday night.

The following day Bronson, 66, announced he wanted to marry a pensioner called “Joan” when he is freed.

He said: “There’s not a 33-year-old bird out there who’s fit to clean her shoes.”


Convicted robber Bronson, dubbed Britain’s most violent prisoner, has spent 44 years behind bars.

He wed Paula in November 2017 at Wakefield Prison but they split last July when The Sun revealed photos of a lad burying himself in her boobs.

She was an unusual daughter, but she has always been a good daughter. We were very proud of her

Hazel WilliamsonGrieving mum

Despite not going to their wedding, doting mum Hazel said she still cherished her relationship with Paula – who she described as her “most beautiful butterfly.”

She saw her nearly every day – and last visited on Friday night to bring Paula a fan during last week’s heatwave.

Speaking from her home in Stoke-on-Trent, tearful Hazel added: “She was a good daughter as well as a friend.

“She was an unusual daughter, but she has always been a good daughter. We were very proud of her.

“I loved her very, very much, and she loved me. I don’t know what I am going to do now without Paula.”


Paula had asked for her marriage to Bronson – who now goes by the name Charles Salvador – to be annulled on the grounds it was not consummated.

A source told The Sun last night: “She had only been with her new boyfriend for a couple of weeks when he found her.

“It didn’t seem like she had been mourning her marriage but the timing suggests she was hiding how she felt.

“She had put on quite a bit of weight recently and was enjoying her booze.”

Last year Paula, who played a nurse in a few episodes of Coronation Street from 2008 to 2012, checked into rehab after admitting she had tried to take her own life with an overdose.

Last night Staffordshire Police confirmed a body was found at a house in Stoke-on-Trent and that a post-mortem would take place.

Bronson, 66, has spent 44 years behind bars for a series of beatings and robberies

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Paula Williamson had asked for her marriage to Bronson to be annulled on the grounds of it not being consummated[/caption]

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Paula’s death came just hours after Bronson revealed he wanted to marry a new woman after his release from prison[/caption]

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Paula revealed on Loose Women last year that she had attempted suicide with an overdose[/caption]

Paula appeared as a nurse in Coronation Street in several episodes between 2008 and 2012

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