Fast Facts

  • 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.


  • Natalya — Daughter
  • Evgenia Citkowitz — Wife
  • Imogen — Daughter
  • Sarah Jane Morris — Ex-wife
  • Henry Sands — Father
  • Sarah Sands — Mother
  • Henry Sands — Son


  • Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England

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  • Birth Place: Otley, Yorkshire, England
  • Profession: Actor, Stage manager, Writer, Director

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