Kiefer Sutherland was born in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, to Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, both successful Canadian actors who had been living and working in the United Kingdom for some time. He has a twin sister, Rachel.
He is best known for his role as Jack Bauer on the critically acclaimed Fox drama 24, for which he has won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe, Emmy and two SAG Awards for Best Actor in a Drama Series. The show has also won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama.
Sutherland got his first leading film role in the Canadian drama The Bay Boy (1984), which earned him a Genie Award nomination. Since that time he has had a successful movie career, starring in films like Stand by Me (1986), The Lost Boys (1987), Young Guns (1988), Flatliners (1990), A Few Good Men (1992), The Three Musketeers (1993), A Time to Kill (1996), Dark City (1998), Phone Booth (2002), Melancholia (2011), Pompeii (2014) and Flatliners (2017).
Sutherland has been inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and to Canada's Walk of Fame, and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Zurich Film Festival.