Eva Castle Britton (née Skytte Birkefeldt)(1922-2008), Sculptor and member of Danish resistance movement; wife of Tony Britton
Sitter in 1 portrait
Eva Skytte Birkefeldt was born in Aarhus in Denmark. She had some training in art in Denmark and became a scenic painter in the theatre in Aarhus. During the war she became involved with Sven Hauerbach who was part of the Samsing Group in the Danish Resistance, they later married, but Sven killed himself after the war. In the 1950s Eva came to London, trained at the Slade, and being young, talented and vivaciously beautiful she became quite a socialite, and married ex RAF pilot Clive Castle. Around this time Eva, by now a portrait sculptor, had became an 'it girl' and each year her homemade Ascot hats were eagerly anticipated. After Clive's death she met the actor Tony Britton, and they were married in the early 1960s.