Actor Benedict Cumberbatch rescues cyclist from an attack 4 years ago

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch rescues cyclist from an attack

A hero, on and off screen.

Benedict Cumberbatch, known for playing Sherlock Holmes and Marvel's Doctor Strange, has been praised as a hero after rescuing a delivery cyclist from attackers.

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According to a report by Sky News, the Oscar-nominated actor was walking with his wife when he saw a cyclist hit over the head with a bottle. Cumberbatch, who is currently starring in the Sky Atlantic drama series Patrick Melrose, yelled "Leave him alone" at the attackers.

The 41-year-old actor then rushed towards the incident where he fought off a gang of four attackers who were hassling the delivery man.

Cumberbatch later told The Sun: "I did it out of, well, I had to, you know."

A witness also told the newspaper: "Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn't stepped in, the cyclist could have been seriously injured."

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Strangely enough, Cumberbatch is no stranger to dangerous situations — and escaping them. Cumberbatch was a victim of a carjacking in South Africa when he was filming there in 2005, and was tied up by his attackers, but eventually convinced them that it would be a bad idea for them to have a dead Briton on their hands. A good man to have in a crisis, as they say.