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Benedict Cumberbatch Saves Cyclist from a Mugging in London

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Benedict Cumberbatch is both an Avenger on-screen and a hero in real life. The Doctor Strange actor came to the rescue of a mugging victim in London. The victim was working for food delivery company Deliveroo when four men attacked him. Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter were riding past the scene in an Uber when he asked the driver to stop and ran out of the car to chase away the attackers. According to witnesses, Cumberbatch screamed at the attackers and then dragged them off of the victim.

Cumberbatch’s Uber driver Manuel Dias recounted the event, saying “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 they were getting worse, so I joined in. He stood there instructing them in the street, shouting, ‘Leave him alone.’ ”

Marylebone High Street is just around the corner from 221B Baker Street, the legendary home of Sherlock Holmes. Cumberbatch rose to fame playing the iconic detective in the hit BBC series Sherlock.

Dias continued, saying “Then it all got a bit surreal. Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street,” Dias continued. “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 recognized it was Benedict and ran away.”

After the attackers left, Dias said Cumberbatch checked on the cyclist. When he said, ” ‘I’m OK,’ Benedict just hugged him.”

“The cyclist was lucky, Benedict’s a superhero,” said “Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn’t stepped in the cyclist could have been seriously injured.” When asked about the incident, Cumberbatch responded in the most British way possible, saying “I did it out of, well, I had to, you know.”

(via NPR, image: Marvel)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.