Xian Lim

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Xian Lim
Xian Lim in Toronto 2014 02.jpg
Xian Lim singing in Toronto, 2014
Born Alexander Xian Cruz Lim Uy
(1989-07-12) July 12, 1989 (age 25)
San Francisco, California, U.S
Alma mater University of the East
Occupation Actor, model, singer
Years active 2008–present
Agent Star Magic (2008–present)
Religion Roman Catholicism

Alexander Xian Cruz Lim Uy (born July 12, 1989) is a Chinese Filipino actor, a model and a singer, also known as Xian Lim. Lim is a contract artist of Star Magic. Lim is famous for playing the roles of Andy in the series, My Binondo Girl in 2011 and now, Rocco in the movie, Bride for Rent.


Upon graduating high school in Daly City, California, he returned to the Philippines to study college as a basketball varsity scholar at the University of the East in Manila.[1] Before getting a degree, he became involved with modeling, and eventually, acting.

Lim was cast in a few minor roles before landing a supporting role in Katorse in 2009.[2] In 2010, he was a cast in the drama Rubi as Luis Navarro. Then, he guest starred in 100 Days to Heaven as Jojo Villanueva,[3] He was a guest judge on Showtime and had one-episode appearances for Midnight DJ, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Wansapanataym and Your Song Presents: Andi.

Xian Lim performing in Toronto, 2014

In 2011, after a special participation in Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin portraying the young Joaquin del Tierro,[4] he landed his first major lead role in My Binondo Girl top-billed by Kim Chiu. The romantic-comedy television drama was a nationwide success, garnering an average household TV rating of 28.2% provided by Kantar Media/TNS.

In early 2012, Lim signed a three-picture contract with Star Cinema.[5] and appeared in the film, My Cactus Heart.[6] In the same year, he starred in a youth-oriented movie with Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil and Kean Cipriano, entitled The Reunion.[7] He was also back in primetime through the teleserye drama Ina, Kapatid, Anak with Kim Chiu, Maja Salvador and Enchong Dee. He also released his debut studio album So It's You under Star Records which reached a Gold Record status.[8][9]

In 2013, his film Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? with his onscreen and offscreen partner Kim Chiu earned Php 10.5M in the first day of film showing alone, consequentially surpassing the P100-million mark at the box office for the year 2013 in three weeks time. From the outstanding box office sales, the pair obtained the nickname as the newest blockbuster royalties of their generation.

In 2014, his second movie with his Chiu entitled Bride for Rent earned a whopping Php 21.2M on its first day and Php 100M in just 4 days. The movie eventually grossed Php 326,958,423 during its whole run in theaters which validated the KimXi tandem's box office draw.

Personal life[edit]

Xian Lim at the Star Magic Concert tour in Ontario, 2009

Xian Lim is an only child of his parents and is of Chinese-Filipino descent (both his parents are Filipinos of Chinese lineage). He was born in San Francisco, California, however, at only 6 months old, his family moved back to Manila, Philippines where he spent most of his childhood and elementary education. His father and mother subsequently separated when he was still young. At 10 years old they again relocated this time to Daly City, California where he completed his middle school and high school education. He didn't return to Manila until after he graduated high school at age 18.[10][11]

As a child, he was interested in music and entertainment, noting his ability to play musical instruments including piano, trombone, saxophone and guitar, later joining a symphonic band.[12] His other interests include films, traveling and sports. Lim actively promotes living a healthy lifestyle.[13] Despite admitting to be a big fan of food, he is a self-professed health-buff, enjoys activities like running and exercises, with further intentions to someday joining a triathlon.[14]

In 2011, Xian began courting fellow Star Magic artist and leading lady Kim Chiu.[15] After much speculation, Lim and Chiu were reported to be dating by 2012. After many sightings and vacations together overseas, they admitted to be exclusively dating on a July 2013 episode of ABS-CBN talk show Kris TV.[16][17] He was said to be a main support to his girlfriend in the midst of the controversy over the death of her long lost mother.[18]

Using his love for basketball and music, he also participated in various charity games including annual birthday events at local missions foundations,[19] performing at benefit concerts, an event in IloIlo under Star Magic[20] and San Juan City for the victims of Typhoon Sendong.[21] In August 2012, he and Kim Chiu spearheaded a relief operation in Marikina for the city's flood-affected victims.[22]

During 2013 Lim joined the PETA campaign Free Mali along with Kim Chiu. Lim made a video plea for Mali (can be viewed on YouTube) asking that she be moved to a sanctuary for the sake of her well being.[23]



Year Title Role Notes Network
2008 My Girl Photographer Cameo Appearance ABS-CBN
2008–2009 Your Song Presents: My Only Hope Enrico "Rick" Alejandro Supporting Role
2009 Katorse Albert Arcangel Lead Role
2010 Midnight DJ Luis "JS Prom Nightmare" episode TV5
Maynila Marc Episode: Makinig Ka, Puso GMA
Lance "Hunky and Virile" episode
Rubi Luis Navarro / Luis N. Ferrer Extended Role ABS-CBN
Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla: Elias Paniki Gabriel Supporting Role
Midnight DJ Jake "Bulong ng Demonyo" episode TV5
Maalaala Mo Kaya Mark "Marriage Contract" episode[24] ABS-CBN
Wansapanataym Aris "Bandanang Itim" episode[25]
Your Song Presents: Andi Ralph "Tell Me" episode
2011 Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin Young Joaquin Del Tierro Special Participation
Yamaha Yey Himself Co-Host Studio 23
My Binondo Girl Andrew "Andy" Wu Lead Role ABS-CBN
2011–present ASAP Himself Host / Performer
2012-2014 Ina, Kapatid, Anak William "Liam" Lagdameo Lead Role
I-Shine Talent Camp TV Seasons 1, 2 and 3 Himself Host
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya Maynard "Gitara" episode
Maalaala Mo Kaya Johnny Medrano "Saklay" episode
2015 TBA TBA Lead Role with Kim Chiu


Year Title Role Notes Production
2010 Mamarazzi Oscar Supporting role Regal Films
Two Funerals[26] Gerry Lead Role Indie Film
2012 My Cactus Heart Bene Star Cinema & Skylight Films
The Reunion Joaquin "Joax" Perez Star Cinema
2013 Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? Francisco Alejandro "Alex" Prieto Star Cinema
2014 Bride for Rent Roderico "Rocco" Espiritu Jr. Star Cinema
Past Tense Bobby "Babs" Razon
2015 Paddington Paddington Bear (voice) Lim replaced Ben Whishaw as the voice actor for the Philippine release StudioCanal and Heyday Films


Studio Album[edit]

Artist Album Tracks Year Records Status
Xian Lim So It's You 1. So It's You

2. Reaching Out
3. Oh Babe
4. Puso 'kong Hibang
5. Ako'y Sa'yo Lamang

2012 Star Records Platinum Record
Xian Lim XL2 1. Kung 'Di Sa Iyo

2. Iibigin
3. Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo?
4. Pag May Time
5. Ikaw Na
6. Si Aida o Si Lorna o Si Fe
7. Alay 'ko Sayo
8. "Di Bale
8. Keep In Mind (K.I.M.)

2014 Star Records


Artist Album Tracks Year Records
Xian Lim My Binondo Girl Themesong Ako'y Sayo Lamang
2011 Star Records
Xian Lim Aryana Themesong Iibigin Kita
2012 Star Records
Xian Lim Ina, Kapatid, Anak Soundtrack Kung Di Sa 'Iyo
(Liam and Celyn Themesong)
2012 Star Records
Xian Lim Ina, Kapatid, Anak Soundtrack Alay Ko Sayo
(Liam and Celyn Themesong)
2012 Star Records

Awards and Nominations[edit]

This is a list of awards and nominations received by Xian Lim during his career.

Year Award Category Result
2011 27th PMPC Star Awards for Movies New Movie Actor of the Year (Two Funerals) Nominated
2012 Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards Breakthrough Actor of the Year Won
Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards Love team of the Year with Kim Chiu Won
43rd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Box Office Most Promising Actor Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards Pop Pin-up Boy Won
ASAP 7th 24K Gold and 9th Platinum Circle Awards 24K Male Gold Awardee So Its You (Star Records) Won
26th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Talent Search Program Host (Promil Pre-School I-Shine Talent Camp/ABS CBN 2) Nominated
Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards Loveteam Of The Year with Kim Chiu Won
Yes! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful Stars Primetime Category Won
5th PMPC Star Awards for Music New Male Recording Artist of the Year (So It's You/Star Records) Nominated
27th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Talent Search Program Host (Promil Pre-School I-Shine Talent Camp/ABS CBN 2) Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Loveteam with Kim Chiu Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Fan Club with Kim Chiu (KimXi) Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop OST Album (Ina, Kapatid, Anak/Kung Di Sa Iyo) Won
2014 62nd FAMAS Awards Best Actor (Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?) Nominated
Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards Fan Club of the Year with Kim Chiu (KimXi) Won
Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards Movie of the Year with Kim Chiu (Bride For Rent) Won
1st PEP List Awards Fab Star (Male) Won
1st PEP List Awards Celebrity Pair of the Year with Kim Chiu Won
Yes! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful Stars Blockbuster King category Won
6th PMPC Star Awards for Music Male Pop Artist of the Year (XL2/Star Records) Nominated
4th EdukCircle Awards Most Influential Film Actor Won
28th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Talent Search Program Host (Promil Pre-School I-Shine Talent Camp/ABS CBN 2) Nominated
27th Aliw Awards For Entertainment Best Emcee (Male) Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Male Artist Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Pin-up Boy Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Instagrammer Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Screen Kiss with (Kim Chiu) Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Movie (Bride For Rent) Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Fansclub (KimXi) Won


  1. ^ http://www.pep.ph/news/22063/katorse39s-xian-lim-recalls-childhood-bonding-with-his-dad
  2. ^ http://www.pep.ph/news/21851/Xian-Lim-makes-his-bid-for-leading-man-status-in-%3Cem%3EKatorse%3C-em%3E
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/XianLimOfficialFanpage/posts/208244345861980
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1820130/epcast
  5. ^ http://push.abs-cbn.com/features/4351/xian-lim-signs-a-three-picture-contract-including-one-with-kim-chiu/
  6. ^ http://www.amazon.com/My-Cactus-Heart-Maja-Salvador/dp/B007OXIYF4
  7. ^ http://push.abs-cbn.com/features/4367/enchong-dee-xian-lim-enrique-gil-and-kean-cipriano-gear-up-for-star-cinemas-the-reunion/
  8. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Ina-Kapatid-Anak-Official-Soundtrack/dp/B00A93VUNO
  9. ^ http://theultimatefan.blogspot.com/2012/09/xian-lims-so-its-you-is-now-certified.html
  10. ^ http://entertainment.inquirer.net/37635/xian-lim-speaks-on-stardom-and-kim-chiu
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JoT5TJ6uaM
  12. ^ http://www.pep.ph/celeb/parties/the-bulletin/20512/xian-lim-channels-boys-over-flowers-for-cosmoph
  13. ^ http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/entertainment/2013/08/10/xian-lim-promotes-healthy-lifestyle-297049
  14. ^ http://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/04/06/xian-lim-on-having-it-all-health-and-superman/
  15. ^ http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/09/25/12/kim-tells-xian-konting-effort-pa
  16. ^ http://www.femalenetwork.com/celebrities/kim-chiu-and-xian-lim-admit-they-are-exclusively-dating
  17. ^ http://www.pep.ph/news/40139/kim-chiu-promises-to-be-open-about-her-next-relationship
  18. ^ http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/06/26/13/xian-kims-critics-tama-na-respeto-lang
  19. ^ http://push.abs-cbn.com/albums/124/xian-lim-birthday-charity-event-at-the-anawim-lay-missions-foundation/
  20. ^ http://www.philstar.com/entertainment/782237/star-magic-basketball-team-plays-cause-iloilo
  21. ^ http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/243527/sports/basketball/tiu-ravena-headline-charity-basketball-game-for-sendong-victims
  22. ^ http://push.abs-cbn.com/features/8258/kim-chiu-and-xian-lim-join-forces-in-packing-and-distributing-relief-goods/
  23. ^ http://ph.news.yahoo.com/photos/celebrities-call-for-mali-s-transfer-slideshow/xian-lim-photo--372711882.html
  24. ^ http://www.pep.ph/guide/6950/Xian-Lim-and-Jessy-Mendiolas-characters-get-married-in-MMK
  25. ^ http://www.pep.ph/guide/tv/7218/erich-gonzales-and-xian-lim-reunite-for-wansapanataym39s-bandanang-itim
  26. ^ http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/artsandbooks/artsandbooks/view/20100906-290690/Gil-Portes-bizarrely-funny--Two-Funerals-shows-fact--is-stranger-than-fiction

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