Who Is Julian Sands?

Julian is an English actor, perhaps still best known to the world as George Emerson in the film “A Room with a View” (1985), then the film “Warlock” (1989), in addition to numerous other notable roles that he’s secured in his career.

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What is Julian Sands Doing Today?

Julian is in his mid- ‘60s, and still quite busy in Hollywood, working on several projects, including the films “The Piper”, “Seneca – On the Creation of Earthquakes”, and “Body Odyssey”, all in post-production and without premiere dates set yet.

His most recent on-screen appearance was in the horror-thriller film “The Ghosts of Monday”, in which he starred next to Elva Trill and Anthony Skordi.

Julian Sands Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Julian Richard Morley Sands was born on 4 January 1958, in Otley, West Yorkshire, England, the son of Brenda and William Sands. He has four brothers and a sister – his brother, Quentin, was named Britain’s Sexiest Man in 1998 by ‘She’ magazine.

His parents divorced, and his mother raised the children all alone. He went to Lord Wandsworth College, Long Sutton, Hampshire, during which time he became interested in acting, and began appearing in school productions.

He subsequently enrolled at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama, and began appearing in various theater productions, then once out of school, on-screen roles started pouring in.

Career Beginnings

Julian made his on-screen acting debut with a minor role in the TV series “Play for Today” (1982), and then the film “Privates on Parade” in 1983.

In 1984, he appeared in the Academy Award-winning biopic “The Killing Fields”, about a journalist trapped in Cambodia during Pol Pot’s ‘Year Zero’ cleansing campaign, which starred Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor and John Malkovich.

Rise to Stardom

Julian started getting more prominent roles in the next few years, starring in the horror thriller-drama film “After Darkness”, co-starring John Hurt and Victoria Abril, and then complemented the main cast of the Oscar-winning romantic-drama film “A Room with a View” based on the novel by E.M. Forster, comprised of Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter and Denholm Elliott.

Next, he portrayed Shelley in the modern take on Lord Byron and Percy Shelley entitled “Gothic” (1986), co-starring Gabriel Byrne and Natasha Richardson, about the night which the prominent writers spent together, competing to write a horror story.

In 1989, he starred in the award-winning fantasy action-horror film “Warlock” in the titular role, alongside Lori Singer and Richard E. Grant, that follows the story of a Warlock who escapes the death penalty in 17th century Boston to the 20th century, but a witch-hunter is onto him. Julian earned a Chainsaw Award nomination from Fangoria Chainsaw Awards in the category for Best Actor.

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Continued Success

He began the ‘90s with a string of lead roles in such films as the thriller “Tennessee Waltz”, then the award-winning romantic drama “Night of the Sun”, and the horror “Arachnophobia”.

In 1991, he starred in the drama “The Wicked”, and then portrayed Yves Cloquet in the award-winning David Cronenberg film “Naked Lunch”, based on the novel by William S. Burroughs, with Peter Weller, Judy Davis and Ian Holm in the lead roles.

The following year he starred in the romantic horror-drama film “Tale of a Vampire”, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe, and then starred in the romantic mystery film “Boxing Helena”, co-starring Sherilyn Fenn and Bill Paxton, followed by reprising the role of Warlock in the sequel “Warlock: The Armageddon”.

Two years later, Julian starred with Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue in the Academy Award-winning Miki Figgis’s drama film “Leaving Las Vegas”, based on the novel by John O’Brien, and in 1998, had the lead role in the horror “The Phantom of the Opera”, based on the classic novel by Gaston Leroux, and directed by Dario Argento.

The 2000s

Julian continued successfully into the new millennium, particularly with roles in the Oscar-nominated biopic “Vatel” about the cook of Prince Conde, which starred Gerard Depardieu, Uma Thurman and Tim Roth. In 2003, he was Snakehead in the fantasy comedy film “The Medallion” with Jackie Chan in the lead role. Then in 2004, he starred in the television action-adventure film “Ring of the Nibelungs”, followed by the lead role in the television horror-thriller movie “The Haunted Airman” in 2006.

The following year, Julian appeared in the action film “Ocean’s Thirteen”, which starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, then starred in films “Caty City” and “Blood and Bone” in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

The 2010s and Recent Projects

He started the next decade with the part of Peter McNaughton in the adaptation of Michael Murphy’s book, “Golf in the Kingdom”.

Next, in 2011 he was Young Henrik in the Academy Award-winning mystery crime-drama film “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and Christopher Plummer.

His career slowed down in the following years, mostly minor roles, but he returned with the part of Kotov in the award-winning historical thriller film “The Chosen” in 2016, about a secret agent of the Soviet Service sent to kill Leon Trotsky.

To speak further of his accomplishments, Julian featured in the award-winning horror war-drama film “The Painted Bird” (2019), based on the book by Jerzy Kosinski about a young Jewish boy roaming alone in war-torn Eastern Europe, with Petr Kotlar in the lead role.

Next, in 2020 he starred in Glenn Danzig’s western horror “Death Rider in the House of Vampires”, while in 2020 he appeared in the biopic about the legendary war-poet Siegfried Sassoon, entitled “Benediction”, starring Kate Phillips, Anton Lesser and Peter Capaldi. Most recently, he starred in the horror-mystery film “The Ghosts of Borley Rectory” (2021) next to Toby Wynn-Davies and Colin Baker.

Net Worth

According to reports, Julian Sands’s net worth is estimated at close to $3 million as of late 2022, earned through his successful acting career, during which he’s appeared in more than 155 film and TV titles.

Personal Life, Married, Wife, Children

Julian was married to British journalist Sarah Harvey from 1984 to 1987, with whom he has one son, Henry Sands.

He was introduced to Eugenia Citkowitz, the Guinness heiress, by John Malkovich. The two began dating, and married in 1990. They’ve welcomed two daughters, Imogen and Natalya.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Known for his long blonde hair at the peak of his career, Julian now takes care of his receding hairline. His eyes are blue, he stands at 5ft 10ins (1.78m), and weighs approximately 165lbs (75kgs). His vital statistics are unknown, but he has an athletic figure.

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