Benedict Cumberbatch Hailed as Real-Life Hero

The star jumped out of a car to protect a Deliveroo cyclist from four muggers
By Janet Cromley,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2018 2:30 PM CDT
Benedict Cumberbatch waves to fans during Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War red carpet fan event in Singapore. Food-delivery firm Deliveroo has thanked Benedict Cumberbatch after the "Sherlock" star reportedly...   (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim, File)
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(Newser) – Award-winning actor Benedict Cumberbatch can add another title to his resume: good Samaritan, reports the Guardian. The 41-year-old star of the hit BBC/PBS series Sherlock was riding in a cab in central London with his wife when he saw a Deliveroo cyclist being beaten up by four assailants. Cumberbatch jumped out of the car and pulled the attackers off the driver. The attackers then turned on Cumberbatch, possibly recognized him, and fled.

The driver of the car, Manuel Dias, helped out. "I had hold of one lad and Benedict another," Dias tells the Sun. "He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave. He did most of it, to be honest." The incident occurred on Marylebone High Street, just half a mile from 221 B Baker Street, the fictional home of Sherlock Holmes. The incident happened in November, but details were only published this week, reports MSN. (Read more Benedict Cumberbatch stories.)

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