Benedict Cumberbatch fends off mugging outside Sherlock house

A rescue at 221B Baker Street.

Benedict Cumberbatch fought off a mugging outside his Sherlock home in Baker Street.

The actor ran from his Uber to help fend off four men who were assaulting a Deliveroo driver only a short distance from 221B Baker Street, according to The Sun.

Cumberbatch’s Uber driver, Manuel Dias, said of the rescue: “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 re­cognised it was Be­ne­dict and ran away. Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn’t stepped in the cyclist could have been seriously injured.”

Cumberbatch said of the experience: “I did it out of, well, I had to, you know.”

Meanwhile, Benedict Cumberbatch recently responded to claims made by Martin Freeman that the fan expectations of ‘Sherlock’ is taking all the fun from the show.

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Cumberbatch responded to this in his interview and its implications for not continuing ‘Sherlock’ into season five, saying: “It’s pretty pathetic if that’s all it takes to let you not want to take grip of your reality. What, because of expectations? I don’t know. I don’t necessarily agree with that”

Last summer, Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss has hinted that the show may never return to the small screen as “it’s a nightmare to schedule.”