Is there some sort of secret network of celebrity crime-stoppers we don’t know about? We saw how Venom and The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy leapt into action when a pair of teens stole a motorbike, and now there’s been another instance of a comic book movie star bringing his Hollywood heroism to the real world.
“The cyclist was lucky, Benedict’s a superhero,” Manuel Dias, who was driving the actor’s Uber vehicle when Cumberbatch jumped out, told U.K. newspaper The Sun. “Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn’t stepped in the cyclist could have been seriously injured.”
The real-life robbery attempt occurred on Marylebone High Street, around the corner from the fictional Baker Street home of Cumberbatch’s Sherlock in the BBC series.
In an email to EW, a rep for the Metropolitan Police would neither confirm nor deny any individuals involved in the incident, but noted it took place last November.
“One of the males attempted to grab the victim’s cycle,” the police statement reads. “The victim dismounted and removed his helmet. He was then punched in the face, struck on the head and hit with his helmet. The group then headed off along Marylebone Road towards Baker Street. Nothing was reported stolen. The victim did not require hospital treatment. No arrests have been made.”
Deliveroo, which employed the cyclist, tweeted a big thank you to the Hollywood star.
“Thank you Benedict Cumberbatch for your brave actions,” the tweet read. “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.”