News & Opinion | June 4, 2018 9:14 am

Benedict Cumberbatch Saves Deliveryman From Violent Attackers

'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Doctor Strange' star performs a real-life act of superhero bravery.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on April 23, 2018 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on April 23, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is being credited with saving a delivery cyclist from a violent group of men in Central London, the New York Times is reporting. The 41-year-old was in an Uber when his driver turned onto a street where a cyclist was being mugged by four men.

“I was taking Benedict and his wife to a club—but I didn’t know it was him at first,” driver Manuel Dias told The Sun. “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,” Dias 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.”

Cumberbatch didn’t elaborate on his defense of the cyclist, telling The Sun:  “I did it out of, well, I had to, you know …”

The cyclist’s employer Deliveroo released a statement saying: ”Deliveroo riders are heroes delivering millions of meals to hungry customers right across the country.

“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.”