Renee Lim

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Renee Li-Yen Lim[1] (born 1978/1979 in Perth, Australia) is an Australian actress, television presenter and medical doctor.

Early life and education[edit]

Lim was born in Perth, Western Australia to Chinese-Malaysian parents[2] who had migrated from Malaysia to Australia in the 1970s.[3] When she was five years old, her parents divorced;[2] Lim was primarily raised by her single father,[2] and her mother moved to Malaysia[2] and remarried a Peranakan man.[4] Lim would often travel to Malaysia, where she had family other than her mother, to visit her mother.[2] Lim's father later remarried and had a son with his new wife when she was 12 years old.[2]

Lim graduated as the dux of her high school,[2] Hampton Senior High School.[5] Few from Lim's high school pursued tertiary studies, and she had initially intended to "be a doctor on weekdays, a lawyer on weekends, an actor on the holidays and a dancer at night".[2]

At 17 years old, Lim moved to Sydney, New South Wales to commence medical studies at the University of New South Wales, graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 2001.[6]

In 2000, Lim co-directed the University of New South Wales Medical Revue, American Booty (an homage to the 1999 film American Beauty), alongside Keith Lim and Jason Appleby.[7] Also during her university studies, Lim co-authored two academic articles.[8][9]


Medical career[edit]

Lim is a physician,[10] mostly working in part-time, locum posts in emergency medicine, geriatrics, and palliative care departments,[11][12][2][5] and a clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney's Northern Clinical School.[13]

Lim considered leaving medical practice altogether to focus on acting; however, she realised that she "love[d] it", adding that "acting is now my job opposed to my hobby".[12]

Entertainment career[edit]

Lim has made ten guest appearances on the Australian hospital drama All Saints as Suzi Lau and also as a regular cast member SBS's police drama East West 101 as Jung Lim.[14]

As of 2014, Lim is currently playing Mae, the younger Thai girlfriend of Josh's father, in Please Like Me.[citation needed] She also stars in 2014's Forget Me Not.[citation needed]



Year Film Role Notes
2011 The Tunnel Lisa Lung


Year TV show Role Notes
2007 East West 101 Jung Lim[15] 13 episodes
2008 All Saints Suzi Lau 10 episodes
2010 Packed to the Rafters Anh[15]
2014 Please Like Me Mae


  1. ^ "Registers of Practitioners: Dr Renee Li-Yen Lim". Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Wilmoth, Peter (19 September 2012). "Never a dull moment". The Weekly Review. 
  3. ^ "Renee Lim". The South African TV Authority. 
  4. ^ "Renee Lim interview". SBS One. 16 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Yeap, Sue (16 August 2012). "Lim finds professional balance". The West Australian. 
  6. ^ "Renee Lim... leading actress, presenter and medical doctor". Saxton Speakers Bureau. 
  7. ^ "About — Past Shows". UNSW Medical Revue Society. 
  8. ^ Alexander Swarbrick, Renee L. H. Lim, Jacqueline A. Upcroft, Thomas S. Stewart. (2007.) "Nucleotide Variation in the Cytidine Triphosphate Synthetase Gene of Giardia duodenalis", Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 44(6):531–4.
  9. ^ Renee L. H. Lim, William J. O'Sullivan, Thomas S. Stewart. (1996.) "Isolation, characterization and expression of the gene encoding cytidine triphosphate synthetase from Giardia intestinalis", Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology, 78(1–2):249–57.
  10. ^ Renee Lim Interview on YouTube
  11. ^ Hook, Chris (7 November 2011). "Justin Fleming's play Coup d'Etat stars Renee Lim". The Telegraph. 
  12. ^ a b Hunter, Brooke. "Renee Lim East West 101 Interview". Femail. 
  13. ^ "Dr Renee Lim". Sydney Medical School. 
  14. ^ "Knapman Wyld Television". 
  15. ^ a b "Renee Lim". TVSA. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 

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