A FORMER bond girl and Miss World is showcasing her work as a steel work artist in the village.
Eva Cowan, 62, previously known as Eva Reuber-Staier, won the title of Miss Austria, then Miss World in 1969.
She played General Gogol’s assistant Rubavitch in the films The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, and Octopussy – and had roles in Carry On Films, among others.
Eva, an Austrian national who has lived in Pinner for nearly 30 years, said: “Winning Miss World was crazy, I couldn’t really believe it. It was sort of a joke to me, but of course it was great to have won.
“It was a great life. I moved to London in the 1970s and it was such a good time to be there. I don’t miss my old life, but it was such fun and, yes, it is very different from what I do now.”
Eva put her glamorous showbusiness life behind her to start a family and become an artist, specialising in steel sculpture.
She completed a beginners art course at Harrow Arts Centre in Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, some 20 years ago, then studied at the University of Hertfordshire, and said she has not stopped creating art work since.
She said: “I really enjoy making art, I have been doing steel and metal for about nine years now, but it was about 20 years ago when I started getting into art. I initially learned how to paint, but that wasn’t for me.
“I use a mixture of material, it’s a tough job but I really enjoy it. It’s not the sort of thing you see loads of women doing. I grew up in an area in Austria where there was a lot of steel and metal around, so I think that is where my passion for it comes from.”
Eva moved to Pinner nearly 30 years ago when she was expecting her first and only child, Alexander Fouracre. He is now 29, lives in Willesden Green and is a camera man.
She said: “I wanted to have a family, and when I was expecting my first child, I moved to Pinner which was much quieter than where I lived in town. I also had a tiny garden in London which was the size of a postage stamp, so it was good to get out and get more room.”
She lives in Pinner with her husband, art director and publisher, Brian Cowan.
The artist has had exhibitions in West House in Pinner Memorial Park and other venues across London and is showcasing her steel work at the Attic, Lines of Pinner, High Street, Pinner, until tomorrow (Friday).
n For more information, visit www.cowanart.com or www.linesofpinner.co.uk.