Tall, gaunt--particularly in horror and drama
films--British actor Julian Sands came to the attention
of NBC when the network cast him in the made-for-TV The
Sun Also Rises (1984) (TV) and then with Anthony Hopkins
in the television film A Married Man (1983) (TV). Sands
also got notice in his very small roles in Privates on
Parade (1982) and The Killing Fields (1984). It wasn't
until his funny and romantic role opposite Denholm
Elliott in A Room with a View (1985) and then his
unusual role in Gothic (1986) that audiences noticed him
and were fascinated with his good looks and unusual but
sometimes chilling appearance. He continued work on
screen in Vibes (1988), Impromptu (1991) and Steven
Spielberg's Arachnophobia (1990), until his most
remembered role as Warlock (1989), directed by Steve
Miner. The film was such a major success that he
returned for the terrifying sequel, Warlock: The
Armageddon (1993). His other credits include Naked Lunch
(1991), Tale of a Vampire (1992) and the title role in
Dario Argento's The Phantom of the Opera (1990) (TV).
Sands has more recently been in Stephen King's "Rose
Red" (2002) and is also occasionally seen on the English
Evgenia Citkowitz (1990 - present) 2 children
Sarah Sands (? - 1987) (divorced) 1 child
Is married to Guinness heiress Evgenia Citkowitz, whose
sister Ivana was actually the daughter of writer Ivan
Moffat. Evgenia and Ivana are the granddaughters of the
late Maureen [Guinness], Marchioness of Dufferin and
Ava, one of a glamorous trio of sisters.
Was introduced to his current wife, Evgenia, by John
In 1986, he abandoned his wife Sarah, a journalist, and
their 6-month-old son, Henry.
Was novelist Anne Rice's choice to play Lestat in
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
(1994). More marquee value was needed for the role and
the part ultimately went to Tom Cruise.
Studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in
London, where he met first wife Sarah, a journalist.
His early theatre days were spent with the Forum Theatre
Turned down the role of Travis Dane in Under Siege 2:
Dark Territory (1995).
His son Henry was born in 1985.
Has two young daughters from his second marriage:
Natalya Morley Sands (b. August 16th 1996), and Imogen
Morley Sands (b. December 31st 1999).
He likes running and has been known to run in "Nike" &
"Brooks" running shoes.
Where Are They Now
(July 2005) Was seen as British Prime Minister Tony
Blair in the play "Stuff Happens" at the Mark Taper
Forum in Los Angeles
Birth place: Otley, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Profession: director, actor, stage manager
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Tall, blond and striking, with angular features and an
unmistakable European air, British actor Julian Sands
looked right at home in the tasteful historical dramas,
gothic horror films, and international espionage roles
he became known for. This veteran actor started out
charming audiences in the 1985 film "A Room With A
View," but darker roles in "Warlock" (1989), "Boxing
Helena" (1993), and a string of films with director Mike
Figgis always suggested a powerful talent with the
potential to become a household name if the right role
Julian Sands was born in Otley, the Yorkshire region of
England, in January of 1958. He was classically trained
in drama at the Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire and
the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where
one can imagine he refined his elegant and distinct
speaking voice. He joined London's Forum Theatre Company
and was active with stage work, while dipping his toe
into a film career by landing a series of supporting
roles in well-respected films like Derek Jarman's short
"Broken English," Roland Joffe's Academy Award-winning
"The Killing Fields" (1984) and in lighter fare like
"Oxford Blues" (1984) and "After Darkness"(1985).
In 1985, James Ivory took a chance on the fair-haired
unknown, casting him as the romantic lead in the film
adaptation of E.M. Forsters' "A Room with a View," which
was the year's critical fave and a Golden Globe and
Oscar-nominee for Best Picture. Sands portrayed George
Emerson, a Victorian non-conformist with literary
leanings and a straightforward romantic manner that sent
the object of his affection (Helena Bonham Carter) into
a whirlwind of confusion over societal norms. The
likeable film earned Sands a pile of attention from
swooning females and casting directors alike, with film
and TV opportunities abounding as a result. Not
surprisingly, he moved from London to Hollywood to make
these opportunities happen.
Sands entered the world of the "big" Hollywood picture
with parts in middle-of-the-road comedies like "Vibes"
(1988) and "Arachnophobia"(1990), but by this point, had
tapped into what would be a popular genre for his
particular look - the stylized sexual horror film. He
played author Percy Shelly in "Gothic" (1986) and
further explored the realm of night-dwelling demons in
films like "Siesta" (1988), "Warlock" (1989) and
"Warlock: The Armageddon" (1993). Sands would revisit
the period costume closet to play composer Franz Liszt
in "Impromptu" (1991), before associating himself with
several films which gained wide attention for their
controversial natures - David Cronenberg's creepy "Naked
Lunch" (1991) and the daring drama "Boxing Helena"
(1992), in which he starred as a psychotic doctor with a
fetish for amputees.
In 1994, Sands began what would become a lengthy working
relationship with British director Mike Figgis,
appearing in the heavy drama "The Browning Version." The
following year, he combined everything he'd learned in
psycho-sexual roles and added a sinister Eastern Block
twist to create the pimp in Figgis' Academy
Award-winning "Leaving Las Vegas"(1995). Figgis, who had
always had a strained relationship with the Hollywood
system, cast Sands in "The Loss of Sexual Innocence"
(1999) before deciding to take a more experimental
direction in filmmaking. Sands followed him into this
cutting edge territory by appearing in the technically
ambitious film, "Timecode," (2000), which was shot with
four cameras simultaneously and presented in four
quadrants on one screen.
In 1998, Sands enjoyed the opportunity to work with
legendary Italian director Dario Argento on the
critically bombed Italian filmed version of "Phantom of
the Opera" before TV roles began to take up the bulk of
his schedule. He starred in the miniseries "Rose Red"
and "Napoleon" and began a string of one-offs on popular
series such as "The L Word" (HBO, 2004-), "Stargate
SG-1" (Syndicated, 1997-) and "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC,
1999-). In 2006, Sands got a profile boost and a regular
paycheck when he was cast as the villainous Vladimir
Bierko in the award-winning action series "24" (Fox,
2001-). Bierko was killed (and had his knees broken) by
Jack Bauer during season five.
SON: Henry Sands. Mother, Sarah Sands.
WIFE: Sarah Sands. Journalist. Divorced c. 1986.
WIFE: Evgenia Citkowitz. Screenwriter.
Founded small theater company that performed in schools
and youth clubs
First film appearance in Derek Jarman short, "Broken
1981: TV debut in "A Married Man" on England's Channel
Four (syndicated in 1984)
1982: First appearance in feature film, "Privates on
Parade"; had one-line part
1984: Had a featured role in Roland Joffe's "The Killing
1984: Appeared in the comedy "Oxford Blues"
1985: Featured in the NBC TV-movie "Romance on the
1986: Had a memorable featured role in the
Merchant-Ivory production "A Room With a View"
1986: Played Percy Bysshe Shelley in "Gothic", a Ken
Russell film based loosely upon the memoirs of Mary
1987: Starred in the Robert Altman-directed ABC TV-movie
presentation "The Room", based on Harold Pinter's
1988: Featured in the quirky psychic comedy "Vibes"
1989: Starred as a 17th-century "Warlock" in Steve
Miner's time travel adventure
1990: Had a starring role in "Il Sole anche di notte", a
Italian-French co-production helmed by the Taviani
1990: Featured in the thriller "Arachnophobia"
1991: Had a supporting role in David Cronenberg's
ambitious "Naked Lunch"
1991: Played Franz Liszt in James Lapine's "Impromptu"
and Gustav Jung in Carlo Lizzani's "Cattiva"
1992: Acted in TNT's "Grand Isle", a TV-movie drama
based on Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"
1993: Starred in Jennifer Chambers Lynch's notorious
directorial debut "Boxing Helena"
1993: Reprised titular role in "Warlock: The Armageddon"
1994: Played a leftist German author encountering the
rise of facism in 1920s Italy in Klaus Maria Bransauer's
"Mario and the Magician"
1994: Co-starred in Mike Figgis' "The Browning Version",
the first of several collaborations with the director
1995: Had a supporting role in Figgis' "Leaving Las
1995: Acted in the ABC TV-movie "The Great Elephant
1996: Had a guest starring role on an episode of
"Chicago Hope" (CBS)
1997: Appeared in the Mike Figgis drama "One Night
1999: Starred as "The Phantom of the Opera" in Dario
Argento's reworking of the classic tale
1999: Reteamed with Figgis, starring in the episodic
"The Loss of Sexual Innocence"
2000: Appeared in the sex-themed suspense thriller
"Mercy", aired on HBO
2000: Acted in Figgis' experimental "Timecode", a
presentation of four fully improvised movies filmed in a
single take and exhibited on a quadruple split screen
2000: Played King Louis XIV in Roland Joffe's "Vatel",
the story of a chef and entertainer hired to fete the
2003: Co-starred in the romantic drama "The Scoundrel's
2006: Joined the cast of the FOX drama "24" in season
five as billionaire bad guy, Vladamir Bierko
Central School of Speech and Drama - London, England
Central School of Speech and Drama - London, England -
acting - 1979 Wadsworth College - Hampshire, England
"I'd rather do tiny parts in interesting films which
give me the opportunity to do slightly different things
than do leading roles which are just repeats. I quite
like being a troubadour." --Sands quoted in a 1991