Julian Sands

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Julian Sands
Sands in June 2011.
Born Julian Richard Morley Sands
(1958-01-04) 4 January 1958 (age 56)
Otley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1982–present

Julian Richard Morley Sands[1] (born 4 January 1958) is an English actor known for his roles in films such as Academy Award Best Picture nominee The Killing Fields, A Room with a View, the cult film Warlock, Arachnophobia and Vatel. On television, he is known for his roles such as Vladimir Bierko in 24 and Jor-El in Smallville.


Julian Sands at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.

Julian Sands began his film career appearing in supporting roles in films, including Oxford Blues (1984) and The Killing Fields (1984). He was cast as the romantic lead in the 1985 film A Room with a View.

In 1985, following the success of A Room with a View and Ken Russell's Gothic (1986) Sands decided to move to Hollywood and pursue a career in American films. He appeared in several of them—both lower-tier and higher-budget. He played the title role in the horror film Warlock (1989) and its sequel, Warlock: The Armageddon (1993), the role of Franz Liszt in Impromptu (1991), the role of Yves Cloquet in Naked Lunch (1991) and prominent roles in Arachnophobia (1990), Boxing Helena (1993) and Leaving Las Vegas (1995).[citation needed]

He played "Erik, aka the Phantom" in the 1998 horror-film version of The Phantom of the Opera. He starred opposite Jackie Chan in the action-comedy film The Medallion (2003). And he played Lord Olivier in BBC Four's In Praise of Hardcore (2005), a drama about the critic and impresario Kenneth Tynan.[2]

In television work, he was the voice of Valmont in the Jackie Chan Adventures cartoon (Seasons 1 and 2) (succeeded by the British actors Andrew Ableson and Greg Ellis in the remaining seasons). He played the Doci of the Ori in two episodes of Stargate SG-1—in its ninth and tenth seasons (a role he reprised in the film, Stargate: the Ark of Truth). He played a college professor in an episode of The L Word (season one). In 2001, he starred in Stephen King's television production of Rose Red. He portrayed Austrian ambassador Klemens von Metternich in the 2002 miniseries Napoléon. In the 2006 season of the television series 24, he played the terrorist Vladimir Bierko.

Sands played Jor-El, Superman's biological father, in the science-fiction TV series, Smallville, and reprised the role in the series' final (tenth) season. In 2009, he plays Reg Hunt in the musical mini-series Bollywood Hero.[3] In 2012, he played villain Alistair Wesley in the seventh episode of the second season of CBS's hit crime drama Person of Interest.

In August 2011, he appeared onstage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in A Celebration of Harold Pinter, directed by John Malkovich at the Pleasance Courtyard.[4][5] His performance in A Celebration of Harold Pinter was well-received; one theatre, the Irish Repertory Theatre, added an extra three weeks to the show's run.[6] Sands was nominated for "Outstanding Solo Performance" for the 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards (2013). [7][dated info]

In 2011, Sands appeared in the mystery thriller film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, an American remake of the original version, as the younger version of Henrik Vanger. In 2012, Sands voiced the character of DeFalco in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. On 26 April 2013, it was announced that Sands would appear as Miles Castner, a wealthy international businessman during the eighth season of Dexter. [8]

Personal life[edit]

Sands was born in Otley, Yorkshire and has four brothers, one of whom, Quentin, was chosen by She magazine as "Britain's Sexiest Man" (of 1998).[9] Julian Sands was educated at Lord Wandsworth College, Long Sutton, Hampshire.


Sands' first marriage was to Sarah Harvey, a journalist. They have one child, Henry Morley Sands (born 1985). They divorced in 1987.[10]

In 1990, he wed Evgenia Citkowitz (born 1964), a journalist and the daughter of the Anglo-Irish novelist Lady Caroline Blackwood and the American composer and pianist Israel Citkowitz. Sands and Citkowitz have have two daughters.


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Killing Fields, TheThe Killing Fields Jon Swain
1985 A Room With A View George Emerson
1989 Warlock Warlock
2001 Rose Red Nick Hardaway


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916-2005 at ancestry.com.
  2. ^ [1]
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  4. ^ Brown, Jonathan (10 June 2011). "Malkovich and Pinter: an unlikely alliance". London: The Independent. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Julian Sands in a Celebration of Harold Pinter". The List. August 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ [4]
  8. ^ Sands to appear in Dexter, tvguide.com; accessed 22 April 2014.
  9. ^ Quentin Sands chosen "Britain's Sexiest Man" of 1998, thetelegraphandargus.co.uk; accessed 22 April 2014.
  10. ^ Day, Julia (8 March 2006). "Sinking Sands". The Guardian (London, UK). 

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