This week in news headlines we never thought we’d write: British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who you may remember from such films as The Imitation Game, The Hobbit and Atonement, fended off four men who allegedly tried to rob a Deliveroo cyclist in London.
According to reports out of the UK tonight, the men allegedly attacked the delivery man, even smashing a bottle over his head.
Cumberbatch was riding in an Uber with his wife Sophie Hunter on his way to a club at the time; he left the car and intervened.
The Uber driver, 53-year-old Manuel Dias, told UK paper The Sun: “The cyclist was lucky, Benedict’s a hero […] My passenger jumped out, ran over and pulled the men away. They turned towards him and things look like they were getting worse, so I joined in.”
Dias told The Sun that it was only during the intervention that he realised who Cumberbatch was:
“Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street,” he said.
Actual footage of Cumberbatch walking toward the attackers*
Benedict Cumberbatch has come forward to confirm his involvement with perhaps the most valorous comment in the history of British gallantry. He was quoted in The Sun as saying: “I did it out of, well, I had to, you know.”
Police have confirmed they were called to an assault on a delivery rider.