The internet is praising Benedict Cumberbatch for saving a cyclist who was being mugged in London

The internet is praising Benedict Cumberbatch for saving a cyclist who was being mugged in London

Starring as private detective Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch is well-known on TV for his uncanny ability to solve crimes and save the day. However, we're happy to reveal that this streak of heroism runs through the blood of the actor as well as his character in the crime drama TV series, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books. This week it was reported that the English star fought off a gang of four muggers as they attempted to beat up a defenceless Deliveroo cyclist.

According to British newspaper The Sun, the 41-year-old star leapt from an Uber taxi after he spotted the worker being hit over the head with a bottle. Yelling "Leave him alone", he courageously sprinted over into the fray, dragged the four unidentified muggers off their bloodied victim and defended himself from their punches. Eventually, the group fled and Cumberbatch's attention went to the injured cyclist to check if he was alright.

The actor's driver at the time, 53-year-old Manuel Dias, told The Sun: "He stood there instructing them in the street, shouting, ‘Leave him alone'. It was only then I recognised Benedict. Then it all got a bit surreal. Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street. 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."

He continued, revealing that he believed the four muggers may have backed off once they realised who the Hollywood actor was: "They tried to hit him but he defended himself and pushed them away. He wasn’t injured. Then I think they also re­cognised it was Be­ne­dict and ran away. Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn’t stepped in the cyclist could have been seriously injured. He asked the rider how he was and when he said, ‘I’m OK’ Benedict just hugged him."

Pretty amazing, right? The story only becomes more incredible when you learn how modest the Sherlock Holmes star was about the whole thing. Contacted by The Sun to give a comment on the dramatic events, he apparently claimed: "I did it out of … well, I had to, you know."

Obviously, as soon as the news of his incredible actions got out, the internet went crazy, with people all over social media praising the star.

A spokesman for Deliveroo has also commented on Cumberbatch's heroic actions, stating: "Deliveroo riders are heroes delivering millions of meals to hungry customers right across the country. Their safety 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."

Don't you love it when life imitates art? We hope the Deliveroo cyclist has recovered, and sent a big well done to the man of the hour. Benedict, you're a true white knight.