Newlywed actor Noah Wyle has a Good Samaritan to thank for saving him a headache after losing his driver's licence during a recent trip to New York.

The former E.R. star admits he was stunned to have the permit returned to him so swiftly after a stranger went out of their way to get it back to him safely.

Wyle tells People magazine, "Seven days ago in New York City I lost my driver's licence on the street. Somebody found it, went on the Internet and tracked down my management company. In four hours I had it. How crazy is that? I sent the woman flowers and a thank you note."