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. She also stars in 2014's Forget Me Not. [15]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Brother, TheThe Brother Paramedic #2 Short
2005 Suitor, TheThe Suitor Cindy Kwok Short
2006 In Opposition Colleen Short
2009 Last One, TheThe Last One Abbie Short
2009 Rose Dead Thing Short
2009 First Date Kim Short
2009 Polla/Mark Polla Short
2009 Fallen Linda Short
2011 Tunnel, TheThe Tunnel Lisa Lung
2012 Dead Moon Circus Rei Hino / Sailor Mars
2013 Dead Moon Circus 2 Rei Hino / Sailor Mars
2013 Salt Maiden, TheThe Salt Maiden Rana Short
2014 Ad Nauseam Chlorine
2014 Forget Me Not Jennifer


Year Title Role Notes
2003 White Collar Blue Housekeeper "2.22"
2007–11 East West 101 Jung Lim Main role
2008–09 All Saints Suzi Lau Regular role
2010 Packed to the Rafters Anh "Out of the Comfort Zone"
2011 Crownies Det. Karen Liu Recurring role
2012 Newtown Girls, TheThe Newtown Girls Alex Regular role
2013–14 Atomic Kingdom Verity Long / Jade Long "Elite", "Bound by Blood", "Bitter Kin"
2013– present Please Like Me Mae Main role
2014–15 Wonderland Song Luu Recurring role
2015 Plonk Lucy "Barossa"
2016 Weekend Shift, TheThe Weekend Shift Emily TV series
2016 Deep Water Det. Ginger TV miniseries


  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. ^ "IMDb". 

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