British actor Julian Sands became a period-piece phenomenon playing free-spirited George opposite Helena Bonham Carter‘s Lucy in 1986’s adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel A Room With a View. Get to know Julian’s family amid news of his death after he went missing in Southern California.
Who Are Julian Sands’ Wife and Children?
Julian, 65, was a father of three adult children. He shared son Henry Sands, who was born in 1985, with his ex-wife, British journalist Sarah Harvey Sands. The pair were married from 1984 through 1987 after dating for more than a decade.
In 1990, Julian wed author Evgenia Citkowitz and the pair shared two daughters. Natalya Morley Sands was born in August 1996, while her sister, Imogen Morley Sands, came along in December 1999. The actor was fiercely protective of his family and rarely spoke about his wife or children in interviews.
In a 2019 interview with The Guardian, Julian was asked how he “would like to be remembered” and replied, “As an interesting, amusing father by my children.” The Boxing Helena star gave a sweet reply when asked, “What does love feel like?” revealing, “Being exquisitely alive.”
While he was reticent to discuss his family life, Julian was passionate about his love of mountain climbing. In the same interview with The Guardian, he was asked about the place where he was the happiest and replied, “Close to a mountain summit on a glorious cold morning.” He added that his “greatest fear” was “inactivity, immobility, ill health and boredom.”
Julian shared that the top item on his bucket list was climbing “a remote peak in the high Himalayas, such as Makalu.” He revealed that the closest he ever came to death was “in the early ‘90s, in the Andes, caught in an atrocious storm above 20,000 feet with three others.”
“We were all in a very bad way. Some guys close to us perished. We were lucky,” he added,
The Gotham star spoke of his love of nature in a 2015 interview with USA Today. “I spend a lot of time outdoors, mountain climbing. To ignore it is really imbecilic,” he explained.
How Did Julian Sands Disappear While Mountain Climbing?
Julian disappeared while hiking Southern California’s snowy Mount Baldy on January 13, 2023, when his family reported him missing around 7:30 p.m. local time. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Mara Rodriguez told Closer, “Search and Rescue crews responded and began a search. Due to trail conditions and the risk of avalanche, the ground crews were pulled off the mountain on Saturday evening,”
“However, we continue to search by helicopter and drones when weather permits. We will schedule another ground search when the weather improves, and it is safe for our ground crews,” she added.
His family spoke out after news of Julian’s disappearance broke.
“Our heartfelt thanks to the compassionate members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department who are coordinating the search for our beloved Julian, not least the heroic search teams listed below who are braving difficult conditions on the ground and in the air to bring Julian home,” his family said in a statement released by the department the day prior.
“We are deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support,” they added.
On June 24, recreational hikers alerted the Fontana Sheriff’s Station after coming across human remains on Mount Baldy. On June 27, the San Fernando Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the remains belonged to the missing actor.
“The manner of death is still under investigation, pending further test results,” the Sheriff’s office said in a public statement.