Celebrity heroes who've saved lives – from firefighting Jason Donovan to Leonardo DiCaprio rescuing cruise ship victim

MANY celebrities play heroes and heroines in action-packed movies, saving lives of people all over the world.

And it turns out that there are also a lot of famous faces who’ve come to the rescue of those in need in real life too.

Tamzin Outhwaite is the latest star to have been revealed to have donned an invisible cape after she saved three children from drowning at a birthday pool party.

The former EastEnders actress, 50, jumped into the pool, fully clothed, when the youngsters got into trouble.

One witness told The Sun: “Tamzin is a hero. She leapt into the water without hesitation. It was very dramatic.

“Without a second’s doubt she entered the pool and plucked the youngest child to safety, before grabbing the other two.

“There were a couple of doctors at the party who checked the kids were OK and gave them a clean bill of health. But it left many people shaken.”

And there are many other celebrity real-life heroes, including Leonardo Dicaprio and Prince Harry.

Jason Donovan firefighting in pants

Jason Donovan didn't think twice when he leapt out of bed to put out a fire at his neighbour’s house in 2019.

A couple who were sleeping in their £21.5 million house when it caught fire revealed the former Neighbours star stormed across the road in trendy Notting Hill to help.

Armed with two fire extinguishers, he singlehandedly doused the flames in his briefs, just after 4am.

The woman said: "We had a fire and we were woken up by our neighbours banging on the door.

"Then I was standing outside with my kids and Jason Donovan came running like a superhero.

"He came barefoot, just running across the street, then he came and he hosed down the fire. He called the fire department for us.

"He gave me a hug, made sure I was OK, then he left. He's a very nice man. I think he's heroic."

And humble Jason told the Sun: "Thank God everyone is safe.

"I praise the emergency services who turned up quickly and I hope anyone in my position would do the same.

"I just acted as anyone else would have acted at the time."

That same year, Jason also showed off his heroics when he dashed to help a woman sprawled on the pavement.

Onlookers saw the Aussie crouching down on his knees as he waited with the woman for paramedics in Notting Hill, West London.

At one point he appeared to be taking instructions over the phone from a 999 operator.

He told The Sun: “I’m no hero. I did what any responsible citizen would have done. I just wanted to help someone in need.”

Prince Harry's first aid on polo player

As an army veteran, having served in Afghanistan, Prince Harry knows how to handle an emergency.

So it was a good thing the royal was on hand when his polo opponent Bash Kazin fell off his horse in 2012 and hit his head so hard he passed out.

Harry thought quickly and rolled him onto his side into the recovery position to help him breathe properly. 

He regained consciousness and was able to finish the match, and was later taken to hospital where he was given the all-clear.

"Prince Harry was the first one off his horse, doing the right thing, turning me over to make sure I regained consciousness," Bash later told the Washington Post.

Leonardo DiCaprio stopped man drowning

He may have played a drowning man in the Titanic movie, but Leonardo DiCaprio actually managed to save someone from having the same fate in real life.

The Hollywood A-lister helped a drunk Frenchman who fell off a cruise ship and had spent 11 hours treading water.

Leo was with his then-lover Camila Morroneand pals when his vessel heard a Mayday call, and agreed to abandon their private jaunt and embark on a hunt off the island of St Barts.

The severely dehydrated man, known only as Victor, was spotted by Leo’s crew near Saba island.

As the actor looked on, Victor was hauled aboard and sobbed: “I should have died.”

He was given food, drink and clothes before being passed to coastguards.

The source added: “The ‘man overboard’ was minutes from drowning when he was found.

"He had been treading water and still managed to flail his hands as Leonardo came near.

"It was not long before daylight disappeared, and there was a giant rainstorm closing in. The man was doomed.

“He thought he was dreaming after being rescued by one of the world’s most famous faces.”

Kate Winslet saved Richard Branson's mum

Leonardo’s Titanic co-star, Kate Winslet, was also a real-life hero when she saved Sir Richard Branson’s mum from a fire at his £90million Caribbean home.

Kate is married to Richard's nephew Edward Abel Smith, formerly known as Ned Rocknroll.

When lightning struck at the luxury home, it was engulfed by flames, and Kate quickly scooped up frail Eve, 90 at the time, taking her to safety.

Following the dramatic event, Sir Richard said: “Many thanks to Kate Winslet. It was she who carried my mother out of the house. 

“She swept her up into her arms and got them out of the house as fast as possible.

“My mum is 90 and can walk but it was more to speed the process up than anything else. But Kate was great.”

He added: “She said it was like being in a film set where you’re waiting for the words ‘Cut’ but they just don’t come. 

“It was quite surreal for her to be in a real-life situation like that.”

Tom Cruise stopped co-star slashing head off

He saved the world in Mission: Impossible andTom Cruise also stepped in and was a hero in real-life too, on more than one occasion.

The first was during filming for the 80s film, Cocktail, when he saved his co-star Elisabeth Shue's life by stopping her from walking into spinning helicopter blades.

Camera operator Bill Bennett revealed that Elizabeth began walking towards moving helicopter blades on set, which appear invisible as they spin but "will kill you instantly."

Writing on Facebook, he explained: "Tom is a pilot, rated in both airplanes and helicopters, and instantly saw the danger. 

“He lunged after her, but only was able to grab her legs, tackling her to the ground.

“He rolled her over, dragging her at the same time, and you could see the momentary anger on her face while she was yelling 'Why did you do that?'"

He continued: "But by that time he is pointing at the tail rotor which is now a couple feet away, screaming at her that she almost died. 

“At that point, she turned white, and he pulled her back towards the front of the helicopter and they walked away. 

“All of us in the helicopter were quite shaken up by the close call, but there was nothing to be said. 

“Tom had, in that instant, truly saved her life."

The second time was in 1996, when aspiring actress Heloisa Vinhas was struck by a car in a hit-and-run in Santa Monica, California.

Tom happened to be passing by and swooped in to help. 

He called 911, waited with her until the paramedics arrived, and when he found out she was uninsured, paid her $7,000 medical bill.

Tom’s spokesperson also told Entertainment Weekly that the Mission: Impossible actor followed up with Heloise after she was discharged "just to check in on how she was doing."

Jamie Foxx pulled man out of burning car

Jamie Foxx pulled a man out of a car on fire.

The Dreamgirls actor was driving through Moorpark, California, in 2016 when Brett Kyle veered off the road into a ditch, causing his car to roll over several times. 

According to ABC News, the car then caught fire while Kyle was still inside.

Jamie, along with an off-duty EMT, cut him out of his seat belt and removed him from the seat, and firefighters who arrived shortly afterwards said that the car was completely engulfed in flames. 

Kyle went to the hospital for burns and head, neck, chest, and waist trauma, but survived the crash.

"I'm not a hero, but had to do something," Jamie told ABC News.

Benedict Cumberbatch fought off gang

Reality imitated art for Benedict Cumberbatch when he fought off a gang of four muggers as they beat up a defenceless Deliveroo cyclist – right near Sherlock Holmes’ fictional home in London’s Baker Street.

The Sherlock actor leapt from an Uber car and waded in after spotting the attack, yelling: “Leave him alone.”

He dragged the four muggers off their bloodied victim. They then tried to punch Benedict, but he fen­ded them off before they fled.

Uber driver Ma­n­uel Dias said: “The cyclist was lucky, Benedict’s a superhero.

“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.”

It really does sound like something out of a film!

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