CHARLES Bronson is infamous for being Britain’s “most violent prisoner” and is currently serving time at HMP Wakefield.
But how much do you know about his criminal past, boxing and bizarre art career? Here’s all you need to know…
SWNS:South West News Service Charles Bronson has become known as one of the most violent prisoners in Britain
Who is Charles Bronson?
Charles Bronson was born in 1952, with the Luton local quickly turning to gang fights in his teens.
Armed robber Bronson has been behind bars for 41 years, 37 in solitary confinement, after repeatedly having his sentence increased for attacking prison staff and taking them hostage.
Writing in his 2000 book Bronson, he said: “I’m a nice guy, but sometimes I lose all my senses and become nasty. That doesn’t make me evil, just confused”.
He was first sentenced to seven years in jail over an armed robbery in 1974.
That was extended by nine months after he attacked a fellow prisoner with a glass jug.
He was then given an extra year in jail for holding a three day rooftop protest that cost £100,000 in damages.
After a brief stint of freedom, he was found guilty of intent to robbery and sentenced to eight years in 1992.
His sentence was extended by eight years after he held a prison staff member hostage.
He again became involved in a hostage situation, which again resulted in a sentence extension.
He was finally given a life sentence after kidnapping a prison teacher in 1999, with the violent crime investigated for a number of other disturbances since, including allegedly throwing a bottle of human waste at a Muslim prisoner.
His life was recently played out on the big screen,with actor Tom Hardy playing him in the film Bronson.
Rex Features Charles Bronson has changed his name several times since being born as Michael Gordon Peterson
What is Charles Bronson’s real name?
Bronson has changed his name a number of times, with his different titles defining certain periods in his life.
Born Michael Gordon Peterson, he changed his name to Charles Bronson during a short stint of freedom, using the new persona to launch an illegal bare-knuckle fighting career.
Police caught up with Bronson in 1987, arresting him under his fighting name which he decided to stick to.
The crim converted briefly to Islam in 2001 and became known as Charles Ali Ahmed after marrying Fatema Saira Rehman, a woman who had started to write to him during his time behind bars.
In August 2014, Charles announced he was changing his name to Charles Salvador – a tribute to the artist Salvador Dali.
PA:Press Association Bronson has spent the majority of his life behind bars
Is Charles Bronson’s art for sale?
Charles Bronson turned to art after spending decades behind bars.
The fitness fanatic, who has been imprisoned in HMP Wakefield since 2014, even auctioned a piece of artwork and donated the proceed to a young boy with cerebral palsy, the Milton Keynes Citizen reported.
His artwork has also been displayed on the Tube but was ultimately taken down.
More than 100 pieces were sold in 2014 in an attempt to “renounce violence” that plagued his past.
Where is Wakefield prison?
Wakefield Prison is in West Yorkshire.
The largest high-security prison in the UK, it has been nicknamed the “Monster Mansion” due to the large number of high-risk offenders kept there.
According to the Department of Justice, the prison is for men typically in security categories A and B.
It holds prisoners serving more than five years, primarily for violent or sexual offences, or those who have previously committed sexual offences.
HMP Wakefield is known for keeping high-risk offenders
When did he marry Paula Williamson?
The couple planned to tie the knot on Paula’s birthday in August – but had to wait for confirmation of a date for their ceremony from the authorities.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Paula revealed that they would be married “sooner rather than later” in the prison chapel, where they would be allowed 10 guests who would be a mixture of her friends and family and his.
The couple were granted permission to wed in a service that took place TODAY (November 14).
Former Corrie actress Paula Williamson was bundled into Wakefield jail under a purple cloak after a bizarre procession through the town led by a Bronson lookalike and a woman on a mobility scooter.
Britain’s most violent prisoner, 64, — who has spent the past 41 years in prison — was handcuffed to a warder for the strictly controlled two-hour ceremony witnessed by just five guests.
The pair held their wedding inside HMP Wakefield.
A reception was held at a local hotel, but Paula will be heading to Malta without her new husband as he was led back to his cell after the ceremony.
Paula emerged from the prison under a ghostly white shroud on top of her purple cloak, ensuring her dress was almost completely hidden from view.
She was then smuggled into the York House Hotel through a side door to continue the celebrations with friends and family – who had their phones confiscated as she has reportedly sold picture rights to a newspaper.
Rex Features Paula Williamson has made numerous TV appearances to defend her relationship with the infamous lag
When could Bronson be released?
Bronson has not been given an official release date as he is being held indefinitely.
But he has insisted that he will be out “sooner than a lot think”.
He made the claim amid a spat with Michael Coleman, his actress fiancee’s ex.
In a chilling note he wrote: “You or anybody got anything to say (tell me when I’m out).”
And he added: “AND I’ll be out sooner than a lot think…”
Paula Williamson says she and Charles Bronson will get married in prison