Julian Sands

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Julian Sands
Sands in June 2011.
Born Julian Richard[citation needed] Morley Sands
(1958-01-04) 4 January 1958 (age 58)
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 The Killing Fields, A Room with a View, Warlock, Arachnophobia, and Vatel. On television, he is known for playing 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). 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 a Season One episode of The L Word. In 2001, he starred in Stephen King's Rose Red. Sands portrayed Austrian ambassador Klemens von Metternich in the 2002 miniseries Napoléon. In the 2006 season of 24, he played terrorist Vladimir Bierko.[3]

Sands played Jor-El, Superman's biological father on Smallville, and reprised the role in the series' final (tenth) season. In 2009, he played Reg Hunt in Bollywood Hero.[4] In 2012, he played Alistair Wesley in the seventh episode of the second season of Person of Interest.[3]

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.[5][6] 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.[7]

Sands was nominated for "Outstanding Solo Performance" for the 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards (2013).[8][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.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Sands was born in Otley, Yorkshire and educated at Lord Wandsworth College, Long Sutton, Hampshire. He has four brothers, one of whom, Quentin, was selected by She magazine as "Britain's Sexiest Man" of 1998.[10]


Sands' first marriage was to Sarah Harvey, a British journalist. They have one child, Henry Morley Sands (born 20 September 1985); the couple divorced in 1987.[11] In 1990, he wed Evgenia Citkowitz (born 1964), a journalist and the daughter of the Anglo-Irish novelist and socialite Lady Caroline Blackwood and American composer-pianist Israel Citkowitz. Sands and Citkowitz have two daughters Natalya (14 August 1996) and Imogen (31 December 1999).


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Privates on Parade Sailor
1984 Oxford Blues Colin Gilchrist Fisher
1984 Killing Fields, TheThe Killing Fields Jon Swain
1985 After Darkness Laurence Hunningford
1985 The Doctor and the Devils Dr. Murray
1985 A Room With A View George Emerson
1986 Gothic Percy Bysshe Shelley
1987 Siesta Kit
1988 Vibes Dr. Harrison Steele
1988 Wherever You Are... Julian Castor
1989 Warlock Warlock
1990 The Sun Also Shines at Night Sergio Giuramondo
1990 Arachnophobia Dr. James Atherton
1991 Impromptu Franz Liszt
1991 The Wicked Gustav
1991 Husband and Lovers Stefan
1991 Naked Lunch Yves Cloquet
1992 Tale of a Vampire Alex
1993 Warlock: The Armageddon Warlock
1993 Boxing Helena Dr. Nick Cavanaugh
1994 The Browning Version Tom Gilbert
1994 The Turn of the Screw Mr. Cooper
1994 Mario and the Magician Professor Fuhrmann
1995 Leaving Las Vegas Yuri Butso
1997 One Night Stand Charlie's Nurse
1998 The Phantom of the Opera Erik, The Phantom of the Opera
1999 The Loss of Sexual Innocence Adult Nic
2000 Mercy Dr. Dominick Broussard
2000 Timecode Quentin
2000 Vatel Louis XIV
2001 Rose Red Nick Hardaway TV
2002 Ozzy and Drix Penicillin D TV - 1 episode (voice)
2003 The Medallion Snakehead
2004 Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King Hagen TV
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Paul Reinhardt TV
2006 24 Vladimir Bierko TV - recurring
2007 Ocean's Thirteen Greco Montgomery
2008 Stargate: The Ark of Truth Doci
2009 Blood and Bone Franklin McVeigh
2009 Beyond Sherwood Forest The Sheriff of Nottingham
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Young Henrik Vanger
2012 Person of Interest Alistair Wesley
2013 Dexter Miles Castner TV - recurring
2014 Cesar Chavez Victore Representative
2014 Banshee Priest TV - 3 episodes
2014 Crossbones William Jagger TV - recurring
2014 Jetty Skylar Nielsen
2015 Gotham Dr. Gerald Crane/"Todd" TV - 2 episodes


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916-2005; accessed 4 May 2014.
  2. ^ BBC Four profile, bbc.co.uk; accessed 4 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b Julian Sands at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Bollywood Hero, bostonherald.com; accessed 4 May 2014.
  5. ^ Brown, Jonathan (10 June 2011). "Malkovich and Pinter: an unlikely alliance". London: The Independent. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Julian Sands in a Celebration of Harold Pinter". The List. August 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ "Julian Sands to appear in Dexter", tvguide.com; accessed 22 April 2014.
  10. ^ Quentin Sands chosen "Britain's Sexiest Man" (of 1998), 12 September 1998, thetelegraphandargus.co.uk; accessed 22 April 2014.
  11. ^ Day, Julia (8 March 2006). "Sinking Sands". The Guardian (London, UK). 

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