- At age 7, saw Laurence Olivier in Richard III, which in part inspired him to become an actor; 39 years later, he played Olivier in a 2005 BBC production.
- Founded a theater company that performed in British schools and youth clubs.
- His television debut was A Married Man on England's Channel Four; his movie debut was Privates on Parade.
- His breakout role (in more ways than one) was 1986's A Room with a View, in which he had a full-frontal nude scene. Following the success of that film, he moved to America and initially stayed with pal John Malkovich.
- Made a memorable guest appearance on Smallville in 2009, playing Clark Kent's biological father Jor-El.
- Appeared on stage in L.A. in a 2009 production of The Female of the Species opposite Annette Bening.
- Henry Sands — Father
- Sarah Sands — Mother
- Natalya — Daughter
- Sarah Jane Morris — Ex-wife
- Evgenia Citkowitz — Wife
- Imogen — Daughter
- Henry Sands — Son
- Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England
- Birth Place: Otley, Yorkshire, England
- Birthday: January 15, 1958, Capricorn
- Profession: Actor, Stage manager, Writer, Director
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