The Hollywood actor leapt out of the back of an Uber he was sharing with his wife, Sophie Hunter, to intervene as four muggers set upon the rider in central London.
Benedict Cumberbatch has insisted he is “no hero” after saving a Deliveroo rider who was being mugged.
However, the star told the Sun at an appearance at the Hay Literary Festival: “I’m no hero. There are real-life heroes out there and I’m not one of them.”
Uber driver Manual Dias told how the drama unfolded in Marylebone High Street, just half a mile from Sherlock’s fictional home of 221b Baker Street.
He told The Sun: “I was taking Benedict and his wife to a club — but I didn’t know it was him at first.
“I went to turn down into Marylebone High Street and we saw four guys were pushing around a Deliveroo cyclist.
“My passenger jumped out, ran over and pulled the men away. They turned towards him and things looked like getting worse, so I joined in.
“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.
“He asked the rider how he was and when he said, ‘I’m OK’ Benedict just hugged him.”