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Julian Richard Morley Sands (born January 4, 1958; age 64) is a prolific English actor who played Vladimir Bierko in Day 5 of 24.


Sands was one of five siblings. Sands studied at Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire, and then went onto the Forum Theatre Company and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where he met his first wife.

Sands began his film career appearing in supporting roles, including parts in 80s films such as Oxford Blues, The Killing Fields and The Doctor and the Devils. He was cast as the romantic lead in the 1986 film A Room with a View, the success of which prompted Sands to move to Hollywood in 1987 and pursue an American film career.

He has since appeared in a variety of low-tier and higher-budget films, including the title roles in the 1989 cult film Warlock and the 1998 adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera, and parts in films such as Arachnophobia, Boxing Helena, Leaving Las Vegas and Timecode (with Xander Berkeley). He has done voice-overs as Valmont in the Jackie Chan Adventures cartoon for seasons one and two before being replaced by British actors Andrew Ableson and Greg Ellis for the other seasons. Recently he has appeared in the ninth season of Stargate SG-1 (with Tony Todd), playing an agent for an alien menace as well as the CW's Smallville. He also appears as Miles Castner, the deranged husband of Yvonne Strahovski's character Hannah McKay in the eighth and final season of Dexter, written and produced by Manny Coto, also co-stars Geoff Pierson.

Sands has been married twice: to journalist Sarah Sands (whom he divorced in 1987), and in 1990 to writer Evgenia Citkowitz, with whom he lives in Los Angeles. He has a son from his first marriage, Henry (born in 1985) who is currently studying history at Edinburgh University, and two young daughters from his second marriage.

Sands also is a very keen art and antiques collector.

Role on 24[]

Day 5 Julian Sands Filming.jpg

Sands played the role of Vladimir Bierko during Season 5 of 24. His character was one of the main antagonists of the season. In an interview with TV Guide, Sands said he always found himself "drawn to the James Bond villains" describing them as "exotic".

On describing Bierko, Sands said "He's not flamboyant or baroque. He's not Captain Hook or the Sheriff of Nottingham. He just sits there. That's what makes him attractive." Sands and writer/producer Evan Katz also noted Bierko's quality of laying low while the events of the season unfold.[1]

Sands appeared in 11 episodes, and was credited as a guest star.

24 credits[]

24-related appearances[]

Selected filmography[]

  • The Painted Bird (2019)
  • Crooked House (2017)
  • Toy Gun (2016)
  • Me (2014)
  • Hirokin: The Last Samurai (2012)
  • Blood and Bone (2009)
  • Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
  • Her Name Is Carla (2005)
  • The Scoundrel's Wife (2002)
  • Timecode (2000)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (1998)
  • Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
  • Warlock: The Armageddon (1993)
  • Arachnophobia (1990)
  • Warlock (1989)
  • Oxford Blues (1984)

Television appearances

  • Into the Dark (2019)
  • The Blacklist (2018)
  • Will (2017)
  • Gotham (2015)
  • Dexter (2013)
  • NTSF:SD:SUV (2011)
  • Smallville (2009-2010)
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2006)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2005)
  • Jackie Chan Adventures (2000-2002)
  • Chicago Hope (1996)
  • The Box of Delights (1984)

Video game appearances

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012)


  1. Hochman, David (April 10, 2006). 24's Julian Sands Blows Us Away. Retrieved on January 4, 2017.

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