Julian Richard Morley Sands (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, Boxing Helena and Vatel. On television, he is known for playing Vladimir Bierko in 24, Jor-El in Smallville, and as Yulish Rabitov in Banshee.
Julian Sands began his film career appearing in supporting roles in films, including Oxford Blues (1984) and The Killing Fields (1984). He also had a cameo as a Greek soldier in the BBC adaptation of The Box of Delights in 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.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.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. In 2012, he played Alistair Wesley in the seventh episode of the second season of 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. 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.Sands was nominated for "Outstanding Solo Performance" for the 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards (2013).In 2011, Sands appeared in the mystery thriller film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, an English-language 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.
Sands was born the third of five boys in Otley, Yorkshire, to mother Brenda, who raised the boys alone after her divorce. Julian was educated at Lord Wandsworth College, Long Sutton, Hampshire. His youngest brother, Quentin was selected by She magazine as "Britain's Sexiest Man" of 1998.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. 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).
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Bobbleheads: The Movie
Get ready for a big shake-up when misfit bobbleheads take on trashy humans and a slobbery dog who crash their home with plans to swap a new baseball player bobblehead for a valuable one of them. With ...
11 Colours of the Bird
A behind-the-scenes look at the 11-year process it took to make The Painted Bird, which has left it's mark on European and world festivals. The narratives of the director and the actor weave their way...
The Garden of Evening Mists
A woman seeking a quiet life after World War II in British Malaya finds love and a common interest in gardening with a mysterious Japanese man.
A Nasty Piece of Work
A mid-level corporate employee finds out he’s not getting the Christmas bonus he was expecting, but his boss invites him to earn a promotion by beating his professional rival in a violent competition....
The Painted Bird
During World War II, a young boy wanders Eastern Europe.
The story of a man whose love for football, for England and for the love of his life, Margaret, saw him rise from Nazi 'villain' to British hero. Bert Trautmann, the German goalkeeper won over even hi...
Ruggero, a meek young man, impulsively robs a bank to prove to his ex-wife that he is courageous and masculine. A police investigation engulfs everyone except our unassuming hero who is completely ign...
Walk Like a Panther
A group of 1980s wrestlers are forced to don the lycra once last time when their beloved local pub is threatened with closure.
A private investigator helps a former flame solve the murder of her wealthy grandfather, who lived in a sprawling estate surrounded by his idiosyncratic family.
Borley Rectory is an animated documentary chronicling what came to be known as 'The most haunted house in England'. The legends attached to the rectory at Borley and famed paranormal investigator Harr...
Haunted by memories as a child soldier in 1980s Iran, Behrouz finds himself in bustling, neon-soaked Los Angeles, working to become a real estate agent and live a simple life with his girlfriend Oksan...
Spain, 1937. Ramón Mercader, a young communist combatant, is recruited and trained by the Soviet intelligence service to participate in a top secret mission ordered by the ruthless dictator Joseph Sta...
We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story
Comedy drama about the beginnings of Jimmy Perry and David Croft's writing partnership and their struggles to get Dad's Army on the screen in 1968.
Five tales by Edgar Allan Poe come to life thanks to a pictorical style animation, five tales that exude madness, pestilence, murder and torture.
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Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise fro...
A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Chronicling the birth of a modern American labour movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader an...
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
A retired woman hires a dance instructor to give her private dance lessons at her home -- one per week for six weeks. What begins as an antagonistic relationship turns into a close friendship as they ...
A down and out actress secretly sells a reality show about her friend, a delusional eccentric, a once famous creator of reality shows, who now believes that his entire life is being filmed by hidden c...
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Banshee is an American drama television series set in a small town in Pennsylvania Amish country and features an enigmatic ex-con posing as a murdered sheriff who imposes his own brand of justice whil...
Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrendered at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI share the same goal of bringing down criminals and t...
All Things To All Men
A thief is caught up in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse between a maverick cop and London crime boss.
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A crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD's most impossible cases is the subject of a modern-day drama. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manha...
Hirokin: The Last Samurai
In a planet where humans must scavenge the post-apocalyptic barren wasteland, Hirokin – a reluctant warrior with a dark past – sets off on mission to fulfill his destiny. Having fought to the death to...
The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars
On the eve of their respective open heart surgeries, Matteo and Sonia meet in the hospital. If their operations succeed, they will meet in 6 months time to climb a peak in the Italian Alps, sharing a ...
Suspension of Disbelief
Martin is a screenwriter, who finds himself in one of his own plays: A young woman is found dead in the Thames and no one really knows, what has happened to her.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel is about a disgraced journalist who is hired to investigate the disappearance of a weary matriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He has the help of th...
The Maiden and the Princess
During a game of catch-the-boy-and-kiss-him, Emmy, a precocious ten-year-old, kisses another little girl, Alice.
Golf in the Kingdom
In 1956, American philosophy student Michael Murphy is on his way to an ashram in India when he stops off in Scotland for one last game of golf. He meets a spirited pro who teaches him about golf and ...
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After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investi...
Blood and Bone
In Los Angeles, an ex-con takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.
Bollywood Hero is an American television miniseries which aired on the IFC in three parts on August 6–8, 2009. The miniseries was shot in Mumbai and Los Angeles. The show is a musical miniseries abou...
Beyond Sherwood Forest
King Richard is away fighting the Crusade, his brother Prince John has been left in charge. In order to further international diplomatic relations with Norway, the beautiful young Maid Marian is to be...
Stargate: The Ark of Truth
SG-1 searches for an ancient weapon which could help them defeat the Ori, and discovers that it may be in the Ori's own home galaxy. As the Ori prepare to send ships through to the Milky Way to attack...
Heidi 4 Paws
"Heidi 4 Paws" is a live-action re-telling of Johanna Spyri's 1880 children's classic, "HEIDI", but with fully mouth-articulated dogs in all of the roles. "Heidi 4 PAWS" tells the story of the young o...
A tale of infidelity, deceit, greed, and murder. Nick Compton, a Palm Springs real estate developer...
Danny Ocean's team of criminals are crafting a plan that is more personal than ever before. Danny Ocean vows that he and his team will do everything they can to bring down the casino owner after he ca...
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Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for the Miami Metro Police, leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have slipped through the cracks of the justice system.
After her mothers death, Grace, 14, decides to go back to Africa to find her father whom she hasn't seen since her parents divorced. After his plane crashes in the desert, her father gets caught by di...
The Haunted Airman
An injured RAF pilot, confined to a wheelchair is committed to an eerie hospital where he starts to loose his mind.
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Sometimes the messages she receives are intense and confusing, but she tries to help the dead communicate with their loved ones. Conflicts are preventing the spirits from passing over most of the time...
Her Name Is Carla
Two strangers refuse to leave the seaside home of a couple, which leads to sexual tension and crime.
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Ring of the Nibelungs
The young blacksmith Siegfried, who, not knowing that he is heir to a conquered kingdom, becomes popular with the Burgunds by slaying their bane, the dragon Fafnir. When the reward seems to be a huge ...
The L Word
A group of lesbian friends struggle with romance and careers in Los Angeles.
Ring of the Nibelungs
In this swords-and-sorcery tale, good-hearted blacksmith Eyvind hides away infant Prince Siegfried after two malevolent kings murder his father. But a fiery meteor sent by the gods reveals Siegfried's...
Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt
A terror is stalking the land: people are disappearing daily, their bodies appearing covered in savage gashes coupled with precise surgical cuts. The legend of the 'Werewolf of Allariz' spreads across...
A Hong Kong detective suffers a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion and is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers.
Packard Schmidt is a burnt-out, middle-aged college English professor. In a desperate attempt to restore some sense of vitality to his lonely existence he embarks on a series of impulsive romantic exp...
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The life of Napoleon Bonaparte.
There is a doctor named Dr. A group of psychics are going to wake up a supposedly haunted mansion.
The Scoundrel's Wife
Already an outcast for crimes she did not commit, a woman struggling to raise her two children in a small village during World War II is suspected of being a saboteur.
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From Kal-el's arrival on Earth through his tumultuous teen years to Clark Kent's final steps toward embracing his destiny as the Man of Steel, the beginnings of the world's greatest hero.
24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network and syndicated worldwide, starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. The real time method of narration is u...
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
The third installment of the “Law & Order” franchise takes viewers deep into the minds of its criminals while following the intense psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve its ...
While a British film crew are in Venice shooting a version of The Duchess of Malfi, they are also being filmed by a sleazy documentary crew, who are sharing meals with strange staff. The hit man, the ...
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The Million Dollar Hotel
The Million Dollar Hotel starts with a jump from a roof top that clears up a death in a hotel that was burning to the ground, where a lot of strange people had been living.
Detective Catherine Palmer is on the trail of an elusive serial killer. During her investigation she meets Vickie Kittrie, who belongs to an exclusive club of women who engage in secret sessions of bo...
Jackie Chan Adventures
Jackie Chan Adventures is an American animated television series chronicling the adventures of a fictionalized version of action film star Jackie Chan. Many of the episodes contain references to Chan'...
In 1671, with war brewing with Holland, a penniless prince invites Louis XIV to three days of festivities at a chateau in Chantilly. The prince wants a commission as a general, so the extravagances ar...
A production company begins casting for its next feature, and an up-and-coming actress named Rose tries to manipulate her filmmaker boyfriend, Alex, into giving her a screen test. Alex's wife, Emma, k...
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Sexually-based offenses are considered particularly heinous in the criminal justice system. In New York City, the detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known ...
The Loss of Sexual Innocence
The story of the sexual development of a filmmaker through three stages of his life.
Long Time Since
A beautiful woman has spent a lifetime obsessing about a hit-and-run she caused years ago. She knows she struck something, but left the scene before determining what it was - and if it was alive. She'...
The Phantom of the Opera
Gory remake of the Gaston Leroux classic story, only this time, the phantom is not disfigured, but a man who was raised by rats deep under the Paris Opera House.
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One Night Stand
In Los Angeles, Max Carlyle makes a good living directing commercials and has a happy home life with his wife, Mimi, and two children. When Carlyle travels to New York City to visit his friend Charlie...
After the events of the feature film, the United States government learns that an ancient alien device called the Stargate can access a network of such devices on a multitude of planets. One of more t...
Thomas Murray and Amanda have just moved to Paris. He works for a bank owned by Amanda's father Arthur Trevane. Amanda decides that she does not like Paris, so she goes back to London. But trouble beg...
End of Summer
An unmarried aristocrat (Jacqueline Bisset) resists the advances of the adventurous man (Peter Weller) whom she actually desires, causing him to turn his attentions to her new ward (Amy Locane) and a ...
The Tomorrow Man
The android Kent is programmed to travel back in time and save humanity from its future. His way leads to earth, which is going to be destroyed by a great rocket-disaster. As he wants to prohibit this...
Leaving Las Vegas
Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. He formed an uneasy friendship and non- interference pac...
The Great Elephant Escape
Two young boys help an elephant escape from an African animal orphanage when he is bought by a wealthy American. The trio dodge poachers, the police and lions on a journey they'll never forget.
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Mario and the Magician
The Twenties: The German Fuhrmann family spend their holidays in Italy again. The country is full of mysteries in that time. The Fuhrmann's have to realize the upcoming and growing fascism and their c...
Chicago Hope is an American medical drama television series, created by David E. Kelley. It ran on CBS from September 18, 1994, to May 4, 2000. The series is set in a fictional private charity hospita...
Detective Philip Lovecraft lives in Los Angeles in the 1950s when an ambitious Senator is holding hearings, on Magic. Magic is the new influence in Tinsel Town. Lovecraft is unique in that he is the o...
The Browning Version
Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British prep school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the basis of his health, and ...
Warlock: The Armageddon
Every six hundred years, a great evil has the opportunity to escape and unleash Armageddon. A group of five stones has the power to either free the evil, or banish it for another six hundred years. An...
A top surgeon is besotted with a beautiful woman who once rebuffed him. Unable to come to terms with life without her, he tries to convince her that they need each other. She has other ideas, but a ho...
Tale of a Vampire
Alex (Julian Sands) is a lonely, centuries old vampire wandering the streets of London. The only woman he ever loved was lost to him centuries ago...but there's a new woman in his life, a woman named ...
The Turn of the Screw
A young woman is hired by a wealthy but sinister man to tutor his two children at the family's isolated estate. When the woman gets there, she finds that the two children are not quite what they seem ...
Crazy in Love
Three generations of women live on a small island off the coast of Washington state with their men with whom they have no end of problems.
The Linguini Incident
A waitress, a barman and an underwear designer try to rob a New York restaurant where two of them work.
In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand.
When entertainment lawyer Wolfgang Leighton decides to take a break from business for some fishing in Tennessee's backwoods, he ends up embroiled in a bank robbery and murder. Pursued by the killers, ...
Bill Lee and his dead-eyed wife, Joan, like to get high on Bill's pest poisons while lounging with Beat poet friends. After having a meeting with the devil Dr. Bill gets a drug made from his centipede...
Husbands and Lovers
Stefan finds that he can no longer tolerate the arrangement of his cheating wife ... he, the husband, gets her during the week and her lover gets her on the weekends. At the same time the wife finds h...
A large spider from the jungles of South America is accidentally transported in a crate with a dead body to America where it mates with a local spider. Soon after, the residents of a small California ...
Based on Leo Tolstoy's novel, Father Sergius, Night Sun stars Julian Sands as Sergio, a nobleman in 18th-century Italy who is expected to marry a duchess, Nastassja Kinski. Upon learning that she was ...
Manika, the Girl Who Lived Twice
In this unusual feature, Manika (Ayesha Dharker) is a girl born in a Catholic family in a south Indian fishing village is convinced that she has recently had a former life as a Brahman wife in Nepal. ...
A warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century, with a witch-hunter in hot pursuit. A Warlock is taken captive in Boston, Massachusetts in 1691 by a witch-hunter Giles Redferne. He is sentenced to ...
Murder on the Moon
After a nuclear war on Earth, the Soviet Union and the U.S. both establish outposts on the moon. When a murder occurs on the outpost, both U.S. and Soviet investigators are forced to work on the case ...
Medium Sylvia Pickel and psychometrist Nick Deezy meet at a psychic research facility in New York. Not long after, they're contacted by Harry Buscafusco, who offers them $50,000 to find his lost son i...
Claire (an American) wakes up in a terrible state at the end of a runway in Spain. As she tries to account for her state (blood-soaked and bruised), she has flashbacks from the past few days. She thin...
Basements is the title for the omnibus film that brings together two plays by Harold Pinter - The Dumb Waiter and The Room - each, once again, set in a single location.
The year is 1816. A sprawling villa in Switzerland is the setting for a stormy night of madness. On this night of the "Haunted Summer," five famous friends gather around an ancient skull to conjure u...
A young British woman is kidnapped by an Arabian sheikh and held captive in his harem. At first she frantically tries to escape, but as they slowly get to know and appreciate each other the difference...
A Room with a View
When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emerson...
To salve his guilty conscience an elder brother removes his disturbed younger sibling from a mental institution after a suicide attempt and tries to bring him back to mental competency through one on ...
Romance on the Orient Express
Alex, an American travelling on the Orient Express train from Venice, Italy to Paris, France, suddenly ran into her former lover, who had a tender romance ten years earlier while vacationing in France...
The Doctor and the Devils
Grave robbers supply a doctor with bodies to test on.
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The Box of Delights
The adventure begins when Kay Harker, returning home for the school holidays, meets two clergymen on his train, who subsequently pick his pocket. He then happens to meet an old Punch and Judy man at t...
A young American hustler in Las Vegas spots a rich English Lady. Smitten, he pursues her to England, where his only chance of getting together with her is to enroll in Oxford and join the rowing team....
The Killing Fields
The real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians d...
Privates on Parade
It is 1947, the year of the communist rebellion in Malaya and the British army's SADUSEA (Song And Dance Unit South East Asia) are called to the Malayan Jungle to entertain the troops. The eccentric, ...
A Married Man
British television movie in which a married lawyer's excursion into adultery leads to murder.
1 TV show
Play for Today
Play for Today is a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC1 from 1970 to 1984. During the run, more than three hundred programmes, featuring original tel...
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