Celebrities have a history of erratic behavior, the worst of which is well documented and plastered over media platforms worldwide. It’s unfortunately rare to hear about noble or — dare we say — heroic behaviors. This past week, one celebrity saved someone’s evening from what was certainly heading in the wrong direction. The best part? He plays a hero (albeit flawed) on television, too.
Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t as much a household name in the United States as in the United Kingdom, but his film and television exploits are fairly well known. From The Hobbit, Star Trek, and Doctor Strange, his most well-known character is likely the role of famed rogue English detective, Sherlock Holmes.
While Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie were in an Uber on the way to a London nightclub, they saw a bicycle delivery rider being attacked by four muggers, attempting to steal his bike. A mere few blocks away from Baker Street, the storied residence of Sherlock Holmes, Cumberbatch stopped the Uber, jumped out, and confronted the four attackers. Most people donate a portion of the 14.3 million tons of clothes spread around the world to countries in need to feel the warmth of charity, but not Cumberbatch. He dove directly from an Uber, presumably in clubbing clothes, into the fray.
“He stood there instructing them in the street, shouting, ‘Leave him alone.’ Then it all got a bit surreal. Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just around the corner from Baker Street. 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. They tried to hit him, but he defended himself and pushed them away. He wasn’t injured. Then I think they also recognized it was Benedict and ran away.” The Uber driver, Manuel Dias, accounted the event.
The delivery rider was roughed up a little bit but was uninjured overall. Cumberbatch asked if he was alright and reportedly hugged him upon finding he was relatively unscathed.
It’s easy to make celebrity comparisons to actions like this, especially when undeniably associated with a fictional character who would’ve done the same thing. It remains that Cumberbatch exercised heroism whilst outnumbered in a fight that many people might’ve turned a blind eye to. There’s a simple lesson here about doing unto others, even in the face of scary, violent odds. Table tennis players smash the ball over 100 miles per hour during a game, and somehow miraculously unhurt, the bicycle delivery man was smashed over the head with a glass bottle among other assaults. Not something a lot of people would jump in between and risk their safety for.
In the end, Cumberbatch insisted he wasn’t a hero at all. He simply jumped into action claiming he had to help. We think the world could use a bunch more of that. Hats off to you, Holmes, old boy.