Julian Sands

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Julian Sands
Sands in June 2011.
BornJulian Richard[citation needed] Morley Sands
(1958-01-04) 4 January 1958 (age 57)
Otley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
Years active1982–present
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Julian Sands
Sands in June 2011.
BornJulian Richard[citation needed] Morley Sands
(1958-01-04) 4 January 1958 (age 57)
Otley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
Years active1982–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 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.


1982Privates on ParadeSailor
1984Oxford BluesColin Gilchrist Fisher
1984Killing Fields, TheThe Killing FieldsJon Swain
1985After DarknessLaurence Hunningford
1985The Doctor and the DevilsDr. Murray
1985A Room With A ViewGeorge Emerson
1986GothicPercy Bysshe Shelley
1988VibesDr. Harrison Steele
1988Wherever You Are... (pl)Julian Castor
1990The Sun Also Shines at NightSergio Giuramondo
1990ArachnophobiaDr. James Atherton
1991ImpromptuFranz Liszt
1991The WickedGustav
1991Husband and LoversStefan
1991Naked LunchYves Cloquet
1993Warlock: The ArmageddonWarlock
1993Boxing HelenaDr. Nick Cavanaugh
1994The Browning VersionTom Gilbert
1994The Turn of the ScrewMr. Cooper
1994Mario and the MagicianProfessor Fuhrmann
1995Leaving Las VegasYuri Butso
1997One Night StandCharlie's Nurse
1998The Phantom of the OperaErik, The Phantom of the Opera
1999The Loss of Sexual InnocenceAdult Nic
2000MercyDr. Dominick Broussard
2000VatelLouis XIV
2001Rose RedNick HardawayTV
2003The MedallionSnakehead
200624 (season 5)Vladimir BierkoTV - recurring
2007Ocean's ThirteenGreco Montgomery
2008Stargate: The Ark of TruthDoci
2009Blood and BoneFranklin McVeigh
2009Beyond Sherwood ForestThe Sheriff of Nottingham
2011The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011 film)Young Henrik Vanger
2012Person of InterestAlistair Wesley
2013Dexter (season 8)Miles CastnerTV - recurring
2014Cesar ChavezVictore Representative
2014BansheePriestTV - 3 episodes
2014CrossbonesWilliam JaggerTV - recurring
2014JettySkylar Nielsen
2015GothamDr. 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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