Charles Bronson, Britain’s most notorious prisoner, has proposed to his girlfriend in time for Valentine’s Day, it has been reported.
The 64-year-old, currently serving a sentence in HMP Wakefield, asked actress Paula Williamson, 36, to marry him during a visit.
The Sun reported that Bronson had originally planned to propose over the phone and have a ring delivered to her house on Valentine’s Day, but moved things forward when she came to the prison.
Ms Williamson, who has starred in soaps such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale, told the newspaper: “We are so in love.
“I’ve had relationships with both men and women in the past but none of them come close to my love for Charlie.”
She was photographed outside the prison wearing a necklace with the word “Salvador” on it – Bronson changed his name to “Charles Salvador” in 2014 in tribute to artist Salvador Dali.
The prisoner, often dubbed Britain’s most violent, is a keen artist.
It is thought the couple have been in a relationship for the past five months.
Ms Williamson, from Stoke-on-Trent, told the Sun: “He’s so eccentric, but so am I. It’s a perfect match.
“There are obviously difficulties that him being in prison cause our relationship, but we feel so strongly about each other we’re determined to make it work.
“I know he has a public image of being a violent prisoner, but in reality he is so different.
“He has done a lot of artwork for me and I really treasure each and every one.
“He can never change the things he has done in the past, but he is working so hard to put that behind him.”
Bronson, who has convictions for armed robbery, wounding with intent and grievous bodily harm, has spent 37 of his 41 years in prison in solitary confinement.
Bronson, whose life was turned into a film in 2008 starring Tom Hardy, has been married twice before.
He married his first wife Irene in 1972 and they divorced five years later. In 2001, he married Fatema Saira Rehman after she visited him in prison ten times. They divorced four years later.