British actor Benedict Cumberbatch rescued a London cyclist from a group of violent muggers, the Metropolitan Police revealed Saturday. Cumberbatch, known for his depiction of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Strange, is said to have jumped out of his Uber to chase off four assailants as they attacked a cyclist delivering food on the city’s Marylebone High Street, not far from Holmes’ address in the fictional detective series. Uber driver Manuel Dias told British media the incident was “surreal.” “Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street,” he was quoted as saying by The Telegraph. “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 said. Police confirmed the incident to Reuters, saying the cyclist had been “punched in the face, struck on the head, and hit with his helmet” before Cumberbatch stepped in. The incident occurred last November but had not previously been reported.
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