Over the weekend Benedict Cumberbatch, known for playing heroes on screens small and large (as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, and Doctor Strange in multiple Marvel outings), took time out of his busy acting, parenting, and just being all-around-awesome schedule to save a London delivery driver from being mugged by a group of yobs. Jumping out of his Uber car, Cumberbatch evidently dispatched the four youths in style (props to the Uber driver for helping him out), and then downplayed his role by saying “I did it out of, well, I had to, you know.”
He joins the growing League of Extraordinary British Gentlemen (Heroes Edition).
Around this same time just last year Tom Hardy (Venom and Taboo ) spent a spring evening apprehending would-be thieves in his southwest London neighborhood. Eyewitnesses reported that after the teens in question stole a motorbike, Hardy “ran through some back gardens near his home in Richmond and grabbed one of the two suspects.”
As if that weren’t enough, he also set up a JustGiving fundraising page for the victims of the June 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, raising more than $20,000 for support for the survivors. (Dog lovers, he’s a man after your heart too: evidently he leaves his television tuned in to cooking shows for his dogs to watch whenever he leaves the house.)
And a year before that, in May, 2016 (it must be something in the springtime air), actor Robson Green helped an elderly gentleman who fell sixty feet down a cliff face and became trapped in brambles. Assisted by two local men and, eventually, Falmouth coastguards, the man was airlifted to safety in a helicopter. Green is a longtime and prolific star of British TV, but has gained perhaps the most recognition for recent roles in Grantchester and Wire In the Blood.
They’ve got better television, cooler accents, and their acting luminaries moonlight as superheroes? Brexit or not, I wish I was British.