Drama broke out close to Sherlock Holmes’s address in London at 221B Baker Street. And who was better to solve the problem than Sherlock’s actor himself—Benedict Cumberbatch.
Uber driver, 53-year-old Manuel Dias, rang The Sun to tell the story. “I was taking Benedict and his wife to a club—but I didn’t know it was him at first. “I went to turn down into Marylebone High Street and we saw four guys were pushing around a Deliveroo cyclist,” he said. Deliveroo is a service to deliver millions of meals to hungry customers across England. The delivery boy was in his 20s, completely defenseless against his attackers. During the brutal attack, he was smashed over the head with a bottle.
Dias admitted that he didn’t realize who Benedict was until he jumped out of the car and ran over to stop the attackers. The 41-year-old actor shouted out “Leave him alone,” as he tried to break up the fight. “They turned towards him and things looked like getting worse, so I joined in,” the driver added. Cumberbatch managed to hold one attacker down when his driver got the other. The attackers tried to hurt him, but the actor “defended himself and pushed them away. He wasn’t injured."
The driver went on to say that the attackers didn't realize they were fighting the Dr. Strange actor, but once they did they ran away. The Metropolitan police confirmed with the Telegraph that they received calls reporting the assaults. When they arrived to the scene, everything was cleared out and the Deliveroo cyclist was not in need to be hospitalized. They also confirmed that nothing was stolen. No arrest has been made yet as the attempted-muggers fled before the police came.
According to the Uber driver, the delivery person was lucky because he had Cumberbatch—a true “superhero” to come and save the day. “He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave. He did most of it, to be honest,” the driver continued his story. He recalled that after the incident, Cumberbatch helped the cyclist up and checked if he was alright. “...when he said, ‘I’m OK’ Benedict just hugged him,” Dias retold. The driver, as well as other witnesses at the scene, agreed on this: “Benedict was courageous, brave, and selfless. If he hadn’t stepped in, the cyclist could have been seriously injured”.
It just all seems so surreal— “Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just around the corner from Baker Street,” we quote the exact words of Benedict’s Uber driver. However, Cumberbatch insisted with The Sun that he was not a hero (not like his movie characters). The modest actor said: “I did it out of, well, I had to, you know . . .”
Although the Dr. Strange' actor refused to take the title of hero, Deliveroo's spokesperson still made sure to let him know how grateful they are. "[The] safety [of Diveroo's delivery persons] is our priority and any violence against riders is totally unacceptable. We'd like to thank Benedict Cumberbatch for his heroic actions. On behalf of everyone at Deliveroo: thank you so much."