Benedict Cumberbatch rescues Deliveroo cyclist from gang of attackers 4 years ago

Benedict Cumberbatch rescues Deliveroo cyclist from gang of attackers

A hero, on and off screen.

Benedict Cumberbatch, known for playing Sherlock Holmes and Marvel's Doctor Strange, has been praised as a hero after rescuing a delivery cyclist from attackers.

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According to a report by Sky News, the Oscar-nominated actor was walking with his wife when he saw a Deliveroo cyclist hit over the head with a bottle. Cumberbatch, who is currently starring in the Sky Atlantic drama series Patrick Melrose, yelled "Leave him alone" at the attackers.

The 41-year-old actor then rushed towards the incident where he fought off a gang of four attackers who were hassling the delivery man.

Cumberbatch later told The Sun: "I did it out of, well, I had to, you know."

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In a different reporting of events, Uber driver Manuel Dias described the incident to the newspaper as follows: “I was taking Benedict and his wife to a club — but I didn’t know it was him at first. I went to turn down into Marylebone High Street and we saw four guys were pushing around a Deliveroo cyclist.

“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 stood there instructing them in the street, shouting, ‘Leave him alone’.

“It was only then I recognised Benedict. Then it all got a bit surreal. Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street. I had hold of one lad and Benedict another. He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave. He did most of it, to be honest."

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Strangely enough, Cumberbatch is no stranger to dangerous situations — and escaping them. Cumberbatch was a victim of a carjacking in South Africa when he was filming there in 2005, and was tied up by his attackers, but eventually convinced them that it would be a bad idea for them to have a dead Briton on their hands. A good man to have in a crisis, as they say.

A witness also told the newspaper: "Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn't stepped in, the cyclist could have been seriously injured."