Benedict Cumberbatch ''didn't really think twice'' about the possibility of getting hurt when he saved a delivery driver from being mugged.

The 42-year-old actor came to the rescue of a Deliveroo driver who was being mugged by four thugs near Baker Street in London last November, and has said that although his plan was to ''calm the kids down'', he didn't take into consideration the possibility of the muggers carrying knives.

Speaking during an appearance on 'The Ellen Degeneres Show' which airs on Monday (24.09.18), Benedict said: ''I saw a delivery guy getting surrounded by some guys on a very cold November night. I just stopped the Uber we were in, got out and tried to intervene. Tried to calm the kids down.

''I didn't really think twice about knives or any of the other things that can be part of that situation. I also tried to just stop traffic so they could witness it and if anything did happen there were people there to witness it and scare any violence out of the situation.''

The 'Doctor Strange' star previously insisted he wasn't a hero following the brave rescue, which saw him stop the car he and his wife Sophie Hunter were travelling in and come to the aid of the cyclist, who was being hit over the head with a bottle.

He said: ''I'm no hero. There are real-life heroes out there and I'm not one of them.''

But the driver of their car, Manuel Dias, dubbed 'The Grinch' actor as ''courageous, brave and selfless''.

He said: ''Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn't stepped in the cyclist could have been seriously injured.

''Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street.

''He stood there instructing them in the street, shouting, 'Leave him alone'.''

Manuel praised Benedict for his bravery and explained that the attackers ran away when they saw that the hero was the famous actor.

He shared: ''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 saw it was Benedict and ran away.''