You’re not imagining things. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch does indeed continue to get cooler and better looking with each passing news story. In the latest edition of “This is why the world is thirsty for Cumby,” the actor ran to the aid of a bike delivery person who was being mugged by four men and helped fight them off. Wanna swoon even more? This happened in November 2017 and is only coming to light now. Why didn’t we know? Because Cumberbatch doesn’t talk about being a hero in interviews. So. Freaking. Classy.
According to Uber driver Manuel Dias, Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter were in Dias’ car on the way to a club when the actor spotted someone on a bike being assaulted by four muggers. He instructed the driver to stop the car and ran to the aid of the cyclist, who had been punched and smashed over the head with the bottle. Cumberbatch yelled at the four men to leave the cyclist alone, with the muggers then turning their attention on Cumberbatch, who managed to fight them all off before they fled.
Actual footage of Cumberbatch running to the scene of the crime.*
“I was taking Benedict and his wife to a club — but I didn’t know it was him at first,” Dias told The Sun. “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 getting worse, so I joined in. 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.”
Dias notes that the attack took place near Baker Street, the actual address of one of Cumberbatch’s most famous characters, Sherlock Holmes. The street cred is never ending with Cumby.
“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,” said Dias. “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.” Or, maybe he just said something like this to them and scared them off.
Dias describes Cumberbatch’s actions that day as ‘selfless’ and ‘courageous’ and notes that the actor checked on the cyclist many times and gave him a hug. Thankfully, the cyclist sustained non-life-threatening injuries thanks in large part to Benedicts’ intervention. Deliveroo, the company that employs the cyclist, thanked Benedict on their social media page this week.
Thank you Benedict Cumberbatch for your brave actions. Deliveroo riders are heroes – their safety is our priority and any violence against them is totally unacceptable. So on behalf of everyone at deliveroo: thank you. pic.twitter.com/NGCkQB3z7J
— Deliveroo (@Deliveroo) June 2, 2018
The Metropolitan Police will not comment on whether Benedict Cumberbatch was involved in the November 2017 incident, but their report did confirm all of the details provided by Dias. Their report also states that no arrests have been made in the assault, but maybe it will happen in the fifth season of Sherlock.
Watch Benedict Cumberbatch in the new five-part series Patrick Melrose, available now on Crave TV.
*Not really, but it does help to have a visual.