Benedict Cumberbatch Says He 'Didn't Think Twice' About Helping A Man Being Mugged

"I just stopped the Uber we were in and got out."

Onscreen superhero Benedict Cumberbatch saved the day in real life last year when he stopped an apparent mugging on the streets of London. In a new interview, the Doctor Strange actor spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about the incident, which was first reported earlier this year.

Cumberbatch was humble when the host asked him about the situation. "I feel weird about this, because I haven't talked about this at home because it became this huge furor," he explained. "Basically what happened was I saw ... a Deliveroo bicycle delivery guy getting surrounded by some guys on a very cold November night."


"I just stopped the Uber that we were in and got out and tried to intervene, tried to calm the kids down, who were riled up. Tried to calm him down — he looked like he was about to fight for his life," the actor continued, saying he "didn't really think twice about knives or acid or any of the other things that can be part of that situation," and adding that "it was a bit foolhardy."

Cumberbatch said he also attempted to stop traffic near the incident (which, coincidentally took place near Baker Street, where his character Sherlock Holmes lives) in order for there to be witnesses, and to "scare any violence out of the situation."

Cumberbatch's Uber driver, Manuel Dias, told The Sun about the incident in June, calling the actor "courageous, brave and selfless," and saying, "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." Cumberbatch told DeGeneres that this account was "exaggerated," but said the driver was "very supportive that night."

According to The Sun, Cumberbatch denied he was a hero and said of his decision to jump in and help, "I did it out of, well, I had to, you know . . ."

Reuters reported that, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police, one of the assailants attempted to take the victim's bicycle, adding that he "was then punched in the face, struck on the head and hit with his helmet," adding, "Nothing was reported stolen. The victim did not require hospital treatment. No arrests have been made."

Deliveroo also released a statement after the news broke, thanking Cumberbatch for his "brave actions" and emphasizing that violence against their delivery riders is "totally unacceptable."

Watch Cumberbatch talk about the incident in the video below:


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