Early life and education
Lim was born in Perth, Western Australia to Chinese-Malaysian parents who had migrated from Malaysia to Australia in the 1970s. When she was five years old, her parents divorced; Lim was primarily raised by her single father, and her mother moved to Malaysia and remarried a Peranakan man. Lim would often travel to Malaysia, where she had family other than her mother, to visit her mother. Lim's father later remarried and had a son with his new wife when she was 12 years old.
Lim graduated as the dux of her high school, Hampton Senior High School. 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".
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. Also during her university studies, Lim co-authored two academic articles.
Lim is a physician, mostly working in part-time, locum posts in emergency medicine, geriatrics, and palliative care departments, and a clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney's Northern Clinical School.
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".
|2004||Brother, TheThe Brother||Paramedic #2||Short|
|2005||Suitor, TheThe Suitor||Cindy Kwok||Short|
|2009||Last One, TheThe Last One||Abbie||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||Forget Me Not||Jennifer|
|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|
|2016||Weekend Shift, TheThe Weekend Shift||Emily||TV series|
|2016||Deep Water||Det. Ginger||TV miniseries|
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- 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.
- 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.
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