Thursday 19 September 2019

Actress who married prisoner Charles Bronson found dead with ‘white powder’

Paula Williamson had said she was in the process of having her marriage to the notorious inmate annulled

Actress Paula Williamson was found dead in a house on Gordon Avenue in Stoke-on-Trent (Staffordshire Police/PA)
Actress Paula Williamson was found dead in a house on Gordon Avenue in Stoke-on-Trent (Staffordshire Police/PA)

By Richard Vernalls, PA

An actress who married notorious prisoner Charles Bronson was found unconscious on her bed next to two bags of “white powder”, an inquest heard.

Paula Williamson, 38, was discovered at home by her partner in Gordon Avenue, Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent on July 29, assistant coroner Sarah Murphy said.

Opening an inquest into the death on Thursday, Miss Murphy said: “Details reported to the coroner’s court are that the patient was found on (a) bed by her partner.

“She was unconscious with vomit from her mouth and there were two small bags of white powder stuck to her.”

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Paula Williamson with a Charles Bronson look-alike (Victoria Jones/PA)

Ms Williamson, who said last month she and Mr Bronson had applied to have their marriage annulled, had played minor roles in Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

She met the renowned criminal in prison in late 2016, and they were married in November 2017.

Staffordshire Police had previously confirmed the death was not suspicious.

Miss Murphy, sitting at Stoke and North Staffordshire Coroner’s Court, said Miss Williamson – also known as Paula Joy Salvador – had a previous history of “anxiety and depression” and been through “detox” last year.

She added: “We do not have a cause of death.

“Due to the circumstances, there is reason to suspect the death was unnatural, so an inquest will need to take place.

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Notorious criminal Charles Bronson (PA)

“I am not going to give a date of inquest at this stage.

“I will provide an update to the family by September 19; either an update or date of inquest, depending on how quick we get the evidence through but I open an inquest now into death of Paula Salvador.”

The hearing was adjourned for a date to be set.

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