The "Hobbit" star was talking to a female devotee outside a hotel in Odessa, Ukraine, when a man on a bicycle came up behind her and snatched her purse.
Turner ran after the robber, pulled him from the bike and grabbed the handbag back. The thief managed to get away, but the fan was delighted to have her property returned.
Turner says of the incident, "Fortunately I am not really as short as people who saw the film think I am. They ("The Hobbit" moviemakers) achieved that special effect with millions of dollars of cinema trickery. ... It's great to be a real hero for a change rather than just an on-screen one. I think the rescue though was more like something from Indiana Jones than 'The Hobbit.'"
Turner plays the character Kili in "The Hobbit" series. The actor was in town for the Odessa International Film Festival.