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Heanley has worked on the West End stage appearing in the Olivier Award-nominated production of Journey's End and has played roles in London's fringe theatre, including at The Revenger's Tragedy at The Southwark Playhouse and The Wonder at the Battersea Arts Centre 
His screen work includes the ITV series Foyles War (produced by Greenlit) as a Sergeant in the Pioneer Corps. Heanley also played a Police Officer in the BBC series Spooks (produced by Kudos). In 2012 he played an MI6 officer in the BBC/HBO series Hunted, (produced by Kudos and Big Light Productions). In 2013 Rob Heanley guest stars as Dr Ian Parks in the second series of the BBC drama Death in Paradise (TV series) produced by Red Planet Pictures, set on the fictitious island of Saint-Marie and filmed on location on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.
In 2011 Rob Heanley appeared on cinema screens (UK, US, Canada and India) in the Bollywood sensation Patiala House playing Simon Randall (Chairman of Selectors). As well as stars of Indian cinema (Akshay Kumar, Rishi Kapoor and Anushka Sharma) the film included appearances from numerous well known cricketers including David Gower, Graham Gooch and Nasser Hussain as selectors of the England Cricket team.
Heanley also plays amateur cricket for Roehampton Cricket Club and received recognition for his bowling figures (8-41) which were in the top 10 bowling performances for the 2009 season across all divisions in the Surrey League.
In April 2013, Heanley ran the Brighton Marathon for the Charity Tommy's. He completed it in 04:09:22.
Heanley is a rugby union Referee in the RFU National Leagues. In November 2012, he was in Singapore to referee the International SCC7s. He refereed the Bowl final between Kenya Umpala and Swedish Vikings. In July and August 2013 he toured South Africa refereeing matches in Cape Town and across Western Province.
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