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First known in the United States for his heart-wrenching romantic turn in the beautiful period piece A Room with a View, England’s Julian Sands is currently winning a new audience, starring as the heart-crushing uber-villain on TV’s adrenalized, Emmy Award-winning “24.” His character, Vladimir Bierko, is a deliciously, quietly evil antagonist, as he had to be in order to induce one of film’s most recognizable leading character actors to jump into series television. And “24’s” audience loves him, so the producers, in their turn, have been induced to expand Bierko’s presence to the 11th -- or in this case the 24th -- hour. Earthy, outdoorsy and athletic, Sands, a Yorkshireman, was educated at Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire and then at the Central School of Speech & Drama in London. His first role in a major motion picture was as journalist John Swain in Roland Joffe’s award-winning The Killing Fields, and from there he went on to star in some of Hollywood’s most celebrated films, including A Room with a View, Boxing Helena and Naked Lunch. He is a favorite of British director Mike Figgis, with whom he has worked on five films, including Timecode and the acclaimed Leaving Las Vegas. Julian played Sir Laurence Olivier in “Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore,” the much-lauded BBC telefilm about the formation of Britain’s National Theater. He also starred as Hagen in Ring of the Nibelungs (based on the original German and Nordic tales that inspired Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings). On stage at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, he starred as the beleaguered British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the U. S. premiere of David Hare’s controversial Stuff Happens, the story of the 2003 U. S.-led invasion of Iraq. Julian starred in NBC Series Lipstick Jungle with Brooke Shields and Kim Raver. Other recent credits include: Bolllywood Hero with Chris Kattan, Beyond Sherwood, Castle and Smallville, As an actor, Sands can be relied upon to play characters who are complex and conflicted, though we have many hours to enjoy before we know about Mr. Bierko’s inner demons. Currently, Julian is presenting Harold Pinter’s poems at the Odyssey Theatre to benefit their Student Outreach Program and the St. Thomas Fund for the Homeless. Julian became familiar with his poems a few years ago when illness prevented Harold from performing at a reading to benefit a women’s shelter and he asked Julian to take over. As a person, Sands enjoys the more straightforwardly challenging pursuit of mountain-climbing. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.