The second season of Emily In Paris landed on Netflix just before Christmas. And once again, viewers streamed the hit romantic comedy in their millions. But many may have been left scratching their heads as they tried to work out why the new recurring character of Erik DeGroot looked so familiar. Answer: he’s Søren Bregendal — one third of Lighthouse X, Denmark’s Eurovision 2016 representatives.
Lighthouse X’s Søren Bregendal plays photographer Erik DeGroot on Emily In Paris
Bregendal plays the Erik DeGroot, a Dutch photographer based in Paris. We first meet him in episode six “Boiling Point”, when the titular Emily hires him to take some publicity shots for a client cruise she organises on the Seine. Without giving too much away, he pops up again in episodes eight and ten as he becomes romantically involved with one of the regular cast.
According to IMDB, Søren has been acting on and off since 2005. His longest running role was that of Simon Henriksen in the Danish series 2900 Happiness. He appeared in 132 of the show’s 142 episodes.
If like me you’re watching Emily in Paris and wondering where you know the photographer from, here’s your answer— Padraig Muldoon ? (@JustPadraig) January 1, 2022
He sang for Denmark at Eurovision 2016 pic.twitter.com/mhP48AQzD3
Søren Bregendal and Lighthouse X at Eurovision 2016
Lighthouse X — that’s Søren along with Johannes Nymark and Martin Skriver — formed in Denmark in 2012. They had the unique goal of donating a percentage of the group’s earnings to different non-profit organisations.
The boyband counted winning Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2016 amongst their achievements. Up against favourites Simone and Anja Nissen in the super-final, the boyband surprised viewers by taking 42% of the vote and winning the ticket to Eurovision in Stockholm with their song “Soldiers of Love”.
Sadly for the group, their home country appeal did not translate to a wider audience. “Soldier of Love” placed 17th in the second semi-final and scored especially poorly with juries. It kept Denmark out of the final for a second year running. Lighthouse X called it quits a mere three months after their Eurovision expeience ended. They briefly reuninted in June 2017 for Skriver’s wedding.
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