Actor Julian Sands’ ex-wife has spoken out about his ambitious nature and how it likely contributed to his unfortunate death earlier this year.
The A room with a view Star was reported missing in January after failing to return from a hike in the Mount Baldy region of California’s San Gabriel Mountains.
In June, the prolific actor’s death was confirmed by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department after his remains were discovered by hikers on the mountain. He was 65.
Sarah Sands, an author and former evening standard The publisher was married to the British star from 1984 to 1987. They had one child together: a son named Henry, now 37.
In a new interview, Sarah described how her late ex-husband often “strained” and became restless after finding success in the UK and raising a family.
“He didn’t leave me for anyone. There was no plan. He just said he was going to California,” she told the Daily Mail.
“He always had to take the hard road. Even in the end he was looking for a challenge. That’s why he pushed the limits of human resilience on the mountain.”
Sands has accumulated more than 150 credits over his 40-year career in television and film. He was also an avid hiker, often venturing alone on mountain tours. In 2020 he told The guard That said, he’s happiest when he’s “near a mountaintop on a gloriously cold morning.”
Elsewhere in the interview (posted late Friday August 18) Sarah, who currently sits on Channel 4’s board, spoke about how her son Henry went in search of Julian shortly after his second wife Evgenia let them know that he was missed.
Due to the extreme snow conditions, the search had to be suspended for several months before Henry and the emergency services made further attempts to find him in June.
“He prepared the rise well; “He understood Jules’ route and when he got to the top it was difficult to find thousands of volunteers and the local mountain rescue teams were great,” Sarah said of Henry’s attempt.
“He came down about two days later, then Julian was found about 100 meters from where he had been looking. Henry made his peace with that. We now know that Jules did not survive the storm. I don’t want to think about whether he died quickly.”
In a statement released in June on the actor’s death, his family said they continue to keep him “in our hearts with fond memories.”
Last month, the group of hikers who found Sands’ remains spoke of their “surreal” discovery.