Benedict Cumberbatch has opened up about stopping an attempted robbery saying "it was a bit foolhardy".

Last year, the 42-year-old actor hopped out of his Uber after spotting a cyclist for a food delivery company getting assaulted in the street. The attack took place just around the corner from Sherlock Homles' fictional address on Baker Street.

Speaking on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Cumberbatch explained how he "saw a Deliveroo bike, 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 calm the kids down, tried to calm him down because he looked like he was about to fight for his life.

"I didn't really think twice about knives or acid or any of the other things that can be part of that situation so it was a bit foolhardy..."

"I literally got in the way... I also tried to stop traffic so they could witness it and if anything did happen, there were people there and that might scare any violence out of the situation," he added.

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The Avengers: Infinity War star admitted the story has been taken slightly out of context and prefers not to talk about it, saying: "It's all got a bit exaggerated. I feel a bit weird talking about it."

The driver of the car, Manuel Dias, previously told The Sun: "Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn't stepped in the cyclist could have been seriously injured."

Cumberbatch will soon be heard playing the title character in animated film The Grinch.

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