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Eva Britt Remaeus


Actor, television presenter

Eva Remaeus was an actor and a TV-programme host. She is particularly well-known for her role in the playfully educational TV-programme called Fem myror är fler än fyra elefanter.

Eva Remaeus was born in Lund in 1950. She grew up in Malmö. Her parents were Gösta Remaeus, a supervisor of teaching materials, and Stina Remaeus. Eva Remaeus gained her school-leaving certificate at St. Petri Läroverk (school) in Malmö in 1969. She then spent the years of 1969–1972 studying professional theatre (practical, creative theatre) as well as drama, theatre and film at Lund university.

Eva Remaeus’ collaboration with Anders ‘Loppan’ Lindström resulted in a theatre production entitled Det finns en aldrig avslutad sång, with Ninne Olsson, Henric Holmberg, Anders Granström and Jan Lindell. This production was the start of the Oktober musical theatre group, whose members were all involved in a year-long further development course at Statens scenskola (the state theatre school) in Malmö from 1973–1974. Eva Remaeus remained part of this group until 1980, and one of her performances was in Bertolt Brecht’s Modern, which was produced in conjunction with another independent Malmö-based group called Bruksteatern. She also appeared in Sven Klangs kvintett, which was filmed as well. In 1977 Eva Remaeus also joined Tältprojektet, a collaborative project of independent groups. All of these projects were socio-critical in aspect. Magnus Härenstam and Lars ‘Brasse’ Brännström thus had to work hard to recruit Eva Remaeus for Fem myror är fler än fyra elefanter, a children’s entertainment TV-programme. She played the part of Eva, a highly spontaneous and sympathetic character. The programme, which was inspired by the American educational programme Sesame Street, aired from 1973–1974 and – through its many repeat showings – has left a significant impact on several generations of Swedish children.

During the 1980s Eva Remaeus mixed theatrical roles with performances in films and on TV. Her TV-work included hosting Världsmagasinet, a children’s programme, during the 1987–1991 period as well as hosting the sports panel show called De gränslösa frågorna in 1991. She also appeared in the TV-series called Xerxes in 1988, and she played the part of Sally Bowles in Cabaret at Örebro county theatre. Eva Remaeus never gave up her social activism and was a member of the cultural and singing group called Wiwili which, through art, music, and poetry, both informed the wider world about and supported oppressed populations in Central America.

From 1982–1991 Eva Remaeus was married to the actor and director Jan Jönsson. They had a daughter together, named Jovanna.

Eva Remaeus died of a brain tumour in 1993. She is buried at Lovö cemetery. Following her death Wiwili set up a fund in her memory called Esperanza. One of its projects was funding the erection of a school in a village of the same name in Nicaragua, where a water tower was named after Eva Remaeus.

Sara Granath
(Translated by Alexia Grosjean)

Published 2018-03-08

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Family Relationships

Civil Status: Divorced
  • Mother: Stina Remaeus, född Wihlborg
  • Father: Gösta Reinhold Remaeus
  • Sister: Britt Lisbeth Remaeus, gift Morin Löfgren
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  • Läroverk, Malmö: Studentexamen, S:t Petri Läroverk
  • Universitet, Lund: Drama-teater-film, yrk-dramatik, Lunds universitet
  • Yrkesutbildning, Malmö: Fortbildning, skådespeleri, Statens scenskola i Malmö


  • Profession: Skådespelare, medlem av Musikteatergruppen Oktober 1972-1980
  • Profession: Sångare
  • Profession: Programledare, Sveriges Television AB


  • Colleague: Ninne Olsson
  • Colleague: Henric Holmberg
  • Colleague: Jan Lindell
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  • Kulturgruppen Wiwili


  • Björck, Joakim, 'Programmet var ett stöd i sorgen', Helsingborgs Dagblad, 2013-11-09

  • Granath, Sara, Käket & moralen, Stift. för utgivning av teatervetenskapliga studier, Diss. Stockholm : Univ., Stockholm, 1997

  • Pauli, Kalle, 'Oktoberteatern startade revolutionen', Dagens Nyheter, 2004-04-22

  • Skawonius, Betty, 'Eva Remaeus död. Hon var det progressiva 70-talets primadonna', Dagens Nyheter, 1993-02-01

  • Wirmark, Margareta, Nuteater: dokument från och analys av 70-talets gruppteater, Rabén & Sjögren, Stockholm, 1976

Unpublished source
  • Artikelförfattarens intervju med brodern Olle Remaeus

Further References

  • Åhlander, Lars & Qvist, Per Olov (red.), Svenska skådespelare i film och TV 1897-2000. Bd 2, L-Ö, Svenska filminstitutet [distributör bokh.], Stockholm, 2002