Some stories are almost too good not to report. Benedict Cumberbatch, known for his roles as Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Strange, Patrick Melrose, and for having one of the most joked about names in entertainment since Engelbert Humperdink, saved a bicycle delivery person from four muggers near Baker Street this week.
According to the Telegraph, Cumberbatch was riding in a Uber with his wife, Sophie Hunter, when they saw a Deliveroo cyclist (a Food delivery service) being attacked by a gang of muggers trying to steal the bike. According to the driver of the Uber, Manuel Dias, the 41-year-old actor sprung out of the car and started pulling the attackers off of him while yelling, “Leave him alone!” Dias said that the cyclist was lucky and that Cumberbatch acted like a real-life superhero.
Dias also stepped in to help, but he said that:
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. They tried to hit him but he defended himself and pushed them away. He wasn’t injured. Then I think they also recognised it was Benedict and ran away.
He said the actor embraced the cyclist after the scuffle.
Cumberbatch told the Sun newspaper: “I did it out of, well, I had to, you know…”
Nothing ended up stolen, the cyclist was fine, and no one was injured. The Metropolitan Police confirmed to the Telegraph that they were called to reports of an assault, and that the group had headed off along Marylebone Road towards Baker Street. No arrests were made.