- ‘Selfless’ Sherlock star joined a taxi driver to fight off four attackers in London
- The incident took place just around the corner from fictional detective’s home
- Actor is said to have held one of the attackers while driver grabbed another
Benedict Cumberbatch channelled his inner Sherlock Holmes as he saved a cyclist who was being attacked, it is reported.
The Hollywood star – who plays the quintessential detective in the hit BBC series – is said to have leaped to the rescue of a Deliveroo rider who was being beaten up by a group of four, it emerged on Friday night.
The Sun reports Cumberbatch was in an Uber vehicle on Marylebone High Street in central London with his wife, Sophie Hunter, when they saw the cyclist being hit over the head with a bottle.
Cumberbatch – pictured as Sherlock outside the detective’s iconic Baker Street home – jumped in to save a Deliveroo cyclist
The star waded in with the help of an Uber driver when they saw a Deliveroo cyclist being attacked by four people (file photo)
The driver of the car, Manuel Dias, told the newspaper: ‘Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn’t stepped in the cyclist could have been seriously injured.
‘Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street.
‘He stood there instructing them in the street, shouting, “Leave him alone”.’
The attackers are said to have run away after trying to fight Cumberbatch before they realised who he was (Cumberbatch is pictured with co-star Martin Freeman as Watson)
The driver said he grabbed one of the men and Benedict got hold of another and added the star knew exactly what to do.
The attackers reportedly tried to punch the actor, who managed to push them away. The driver says they fled when they recognised who he was.
After the frenzy was over, Benedict asked the cyclist how he was and when he replied that he was okay, the actor embraced him
According to The Sun, the actor said: ‘I did it out of, well, I had to, you know?’