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Benedict Cumberbatch saved a cyclist from muggers in the most Sherlock Holmes way

People are calling him a hero.


Tess Cagle


British actor Benedict Cumberbatch rescued a delivery cyclist from four muggers in London on Saturday, according to the Sun.

It appears that the 41-year-old actor channeled his inner Doctor Strange and Sherlock Holmes—two characters he plays on TV—and literally jumped out of his Uber to save the Deliveroo cyclist after he witnessed the assault.

Uber driver Manual Dias told the Sun that he hadn’t recognized Cumberbatch until he jumped out of the car to stop the muggers—just around the corner from Baker Street, the fictional home of Holmes.

“My passenger jumped out, ran over and pulled the men away. They turned towards him and things looked like getting worse, so I joined in,” he said. “He stood there instructing them in the street, shouting, ‘Leave him alone’. It was only then I recognized Benedict. Then it all got a bit surreal. Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street.”

Dias said he believes the muggers recognized who they were fighting, as well, and eventually ran away because Cumberbatch knew what he was doing.

“Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn’t stepped in, the cyclist could have been seriously injured,” he said. “He asked the rider how he was and when he said, ‘I’m OK,’ Benedict just hugged him.”

Fans of the actor sung his praises on Twitter following the incident.

Cumberbatch, however, insists that he’s not a hero. He said he just did what had to be done.

Deliveroo is an online food delivery service in the U.K. A spokesperson for the company thanked Cumberbatch in a statement.

“Deliveroo riders are heroes delivering millions of meals to hungry customers right across the country,” they said. “Their safety is our priority and any violence against riders is totally unacceptable. We’d like to thank Benedict Cumberbatch for his heroic actions. On behalf of everyone at Deliveroo: Thank you so much.”

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