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Knife-Wielding Man Breaks Into Benedict Cumberbatch’s Home

Tue 30 May 2023 | 03:51 PM
Yara Sameh

British star Benedict Cumberbatch and his family feared for their lives after a knife-wielding man recently broke into the Marvel star’s North London home and threatened them.

According to the Daily Mail, Jack Bissell, 35, who previously worked as a chef at the Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair, kicked his way through the front gate of the “Doctor Strange” star’s multi-million dollar property, allegedly shouting, “I know you’ve moved here, I hope it burns down.”

Cumberbatch, 46, his wife, Sophie Hunter, 45, and their three children were reportedly in the home at the time of the break-in and could hear the intruder screaming outside.

Bissell also reportedly took a plant and threw it against the garden wall, and at one point, ripped the intercom off the building after spitting on it.

The former chef reportedly fled the scene before police arrived. However, authorities were able to track him down due to the DNA evidence he left on the intercom.

Bissell was reportedly arrested, fined, and hit with a three-year restraining order from the Cumberbatch family.

During this month’s trial, prosecutors said Bissell allegedly told a nearby shopkeeper that he was going to break into the actor's home and burn it down.

Bissell pled guilty and was sentenced on May 10. 

However, details surrounding the date the incident took place have not been disclosed.

Per the Daily Mail, details of the case could not be reported until they “successfully challenged blanket reporting restrictions this week.”

It is unclear what the connection is between Bissell and Cumberbatch.