Yvonne Lim

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Yvonne Lim
Born (1976-09-28) 28 September 1976 (age 42)
ResidenceTaiwan
NationalitySingaporean
OccupationActress
Years active1997–present
Agent
  • Lafeng Entertainment
Spouse(s)
Alex Tien (m. 2014)
Children
  • Alex Junior Tien Zong Jie (son)
  • Alexa Tien Xin Yu (daughter)
AwardsStar Awards 2005 : Best Supporting Actress
Star Awards 2007 : Best Actress
Star Awards 2014 : Most Popular Regional Artiste Award
Star Awards 1998 - Star Awards 2014 :
Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes
Musical career

Yvonne Lim (Chinese: 林湘萍; pinyin: Lín Xiāngpíng, born 28 September 1976) is a Singaporean actress managed under Lafeng Entertainment.

She also recorded and released a solo Mandarin album in the year 2000. In 2002, she participated in the Hong Kong television station ATV 30-part courtroom drama Innocently Guilty, which also starred Anita Yuen, Kent Cheng and Felix Wong.[1]

Early life[edit]

Lim was born to Hokkien family. She studied at CHIJ St Theresa's Convent and graduated with a Diploma in Electronic, Computer & Communication Engineering (DECC) at Singapore Polytechnic in 1996.[2] In an interview with SP's alumni magazine, she stated that she was a "shy girl" who rarely took part in extracurricular activities. At the recommendation of some friends, she took part in the Miss Singapore Polytechnic beauty pageant and finished first runner-up. She was a finalist with Go Magazine's Cover Girl Contest and did some modelling before joining Star Search Singapore 1997. While she was eliminated in the finals but she was offered a contract by the Television Corporation of Singapore (predecessor of MediaCorp).

Career[edit]

Lim was given a lead role in Starting Point, where she played a young entrepreneur, and was well received by audiences. She was nominated for Best Newcomer and Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes in the Star Awards 1998 after her debut Starting Point. Although she did not manage to win the 'Best Newcomer 1998', she was voted into the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes for that year.[3]

Her subsequent progress was fairly slow, mainly appearing in minor supporting roles (A Child's Hope, The Vagrant). Some attribute this trend to her petite build, which dwarf her in comparison to other actresses. However, her career started to pick up again in 1999 with her role of an unfortunate girl lost in the crowds of Singapore in the early 20th century in Stepping Out.

In 2005, she landed major roles in popular dramas such as A New Life, where she played a poor but contented woman, and Portrait of Home, in which she played one of the antagonists. At the Star Awards 2005, she had the rare honour of being nominated in both acting categories and won the Best Supporting Actress for the latter.[4] That drama's role as a vengeful woman was also named one of the top 10 most memorable villains at the Star Awards 2007 25th anniversary special.

In 2006, her stock rose even further when she landed the lead role in An Enchanted Life, a story of a Taiwanese betel nut seller who journeys to Singapore in search of her long-lost father. She also starred in the hit drama Metamorphosis in 2007, which granted her the coveted Star Awards 2007 Best Actress Award.[5] This award was an important milestone for her as it led to her rising popularity. Metamorphosis also won Best TV Serial in the Star Awards 2007.

Lim appeared on numerous variety and game shows, including 'Let's Party With Food!' and 'The Giant Show' in 2008, after her win for Best Actress in the Star Awards 2007.

Lim has been nominated for 'Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes' in the Star Awards for every single year since she joined Mediacorp in 1998. After her first win in 1998, she did not win the Top 10 award until 2009.[6]

In 2012, Lim signed with Lafeng Entertainment 拉风娱乐, a China Management Company. Lim has an official fan club called Yverlasting Yvonne. Her contract with Lafeng has ended, but she still has a valid contract with MediaCorp.

In 2014, Lim said she will only be taking a break and not leaving permanently from her acting career to move to Taiwan with her family as she is married to her husband Alex Tien. Lim has gotten 7 out of 10 Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes from 1998, 2009-2014 respectively.

In 2019, Lim who is currently based in Taipei, expressed her happiness during an interview claiming that she has "achieved success" with Alex "finally being able to see the good sides of Singapore." The star said that her husband wishes to apply for permanent residency and is considering the option of relocating here. However, it would not be so soon, "perhaps in three to four years' time," she added. The family of four had previously lived in Singapore for a month as Yvonne filmed her comeback drama, While You Were Away, which debuts end-June. Her son AJ, also attended preschool here. For now though, Lim is the only one still in town. Her husband returned to Taiwan two months ago with their two children and became a stay-at-home dad. Despite the seemingly perfect arrangement, Lim has a "complaint" - Alex has taken care of the children "too well and they seem to not miss her.Sometimes we do video calls twice a day, but the children thought it was too much. It makes me a little sad." Lim co-stars with local actor Shaun Chen in While You Were Away, and this will be their third drama in which they rekindle their on-screen romance. They were previously an on-screen couple for Channel 8's Your Hand in Mine in 2009 and Kampong Ties in 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Lim was married to an ex-Taiwanese boy band B.A.D member, Alex Tien, who is 3 years younger than her. The couple held their wedding on 7 September 2014 at Ritz Carlton Hotel, Singapore. On 27 December 2014, she gave birth to her son Alex Junior aka A.J. at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital, and after which they moved to Taiwan on 25 May 2015. On 6 January 2017, she gave birth to her second child, a daughter, Alexa, in Taiwan. Alexa later renounced her citizenship to Singaporean and had given up Taiwanese citizenship which was acquired by place of birth. This was confirmed by Yvonne herself, posting a photo of her and her daughter and the citizenship certificate on Instagram, and at a 8-day magazine cover story interview.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title
2002 Nothing to Lose
2007 真相 Truth Be Told
2011 大世界 It's A Great, Great World[7]
2012 我的狗蚪蚪 My Dog Dou Dou
2013 Popiah 薄饼 - A Short Film By Royston Tan

Television series[edit]

Year Title
1997 青春列车 Starting Point
迷离剧场之影子凶手 Danger in Sight
1998 神雕侠侣 The Return of the Condor Heroes
卫斯理传奇 The New Adventures of Wisely
东游记 Legend of the Eight Immortals
1999 出路 Stepping Out
新方世玉 Hero of the Times
2000 心灵物语之爱上衣柜人 The Voices Within
陆小凤 II Master Swordsman Lu Xiaofeng 2
敢敢做个开心人 Don't Worry, Be Happy V
2001 大酒店 The Hotel
顶天立地 The Reunion
豹子胆 The Vagrant'
2002 法内情 Innocently Guilty
城人杂志 City Beat
Year Drama Role Notes
2003 True Heroes
真心英雄
Irene
  • 3rd Female Lead
A Child's Hope
孩有明天
Fang Xiuyue
方秀月
  • 3rd Female Lead
2005 Portrait of Home
同心圆I
Fyn
  • Supporting Role 女配角
  • 100-ep long running drama
Portrait of Home II
同心圆II
  • Supporting Role 女配角
  • 100-ep long running drama
Beautiful Illusions
镜中人
Lu Xiaofen
录小芬
  • 2nd Female Lead
A New Life
有福
Ah Mei
阿美
  • 1st Female Lead
2006 Fairy of the Chalice
夜光神杯
  • 1st Female Lead
An Enchanted Life
钻石情缘
Li Shanqi
李珊琦
  • Pairs up with Pierre Png
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 两大女主角之一
2007 A Mobile Love Story
爱情占线
Su Fei
苏菲
  • 3rd Female Lead
Metamorphosis
破茧而出
Sheryl Wen Wanrou
汶婉柔
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 两大女主角之一
2008 Nanny Daddy
奶爸百分百
Lin Aihua
林爱华
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 两大女主角之一
Love Blossoms II
心花朵朵开II
Pan Jiaqi
潘佳琦
  • Siblings with Cavin Soh
  • Supporting Role 女配角
  • 55-ep long running drama
Perfect Cut
一切完美
Herself
  • Guest Appearance
  • Channel U Production
2009 Your Hand in Mine
想握你的手
Zheng Aizhen
郑爱真
  • Pairs up with Shaun Chen
  • Siblings with Belinda Lee & Cai Peixuan
  • 2nd Female Lead 第二女主角
  • 180-ep long running drama
2010 Secret Garden
秘密花园
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 两大女主角之一
2011 Kampong Ties
甘榜情
Lin Shuixian
林稅贤
  • Pairs up with Shaun Chen
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 两大女主角之一
  • Malaysian Production
The Oath
行医
Xu Yunwen
许芸雯
  • Cameo Appearance
2012 Rescue 995
995
Xu Wenqian
许汶钳
  • Pairs up with Pierre Png
  • Siblings with Yuan Shuai
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 两大女主角之一
2013 Marry Me
我要嫁出去
Liu Xixi
刘细细
  • Pairs up with Thomas Ong
  • 1/3 of the Female Lead 三大女主角之一
Break Free
曙光
Tian Shishi
田诗诗
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 两大女主角之一
2014 World at Your Feet
球在你脚下
Zheng Yongyi
郑永仪
  • Pairs up with Tay Ping Hui
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 两大女主角之一
Blessings
祖先保佑
Du Shini
杜诗妮
  • Pairs up with Yao Wenlong
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 两大女主角之一
2019 While You Were Away
一切从昏睡开始
Wu Senmei
吴森美
  • Siblings with Nick Teo
  • Pairs up with Shaun Chen
  • 1/2 of the female lead 两大女主角之一
TBA Toggle A World Of Difference
Toggle 都市狂想
  • Unit Female Lead 单元女主角
  • Toggle Original Series

Compilation album[edit]

Year English title Mandarin title
2009 MediaCorp Music Lunar New Year Album 09 新传媒福牛迎端年
2010 MediaCorp Music Lunar New Year Album 10 新传媒金虎迎富贵

Accolades[edit]

Asian Television Awards – Acting Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
2006 Best Actress in a Leading Role Portrait Of Home II
(as Fyn)
Highly Commended
2009 Best Actress in a Leading Role Perfect Cut Nominated
Star Awards – Acting Awards
Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result
1998 8th Star Awards Ceremony Best Newcomer Starting Point Nominated
1998 8th Star Awards Ceremony Best Supporting Actress Condor Heroes
(as Guo Xiang)
Nominated
1998 8th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
1999 9th Star Awards Ceremony Best Supporting Actress Stepping Out
(as Hai Yan)
Nominated
1999 9th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2000 10th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2001 11th Star Awards Ceremony Best Supporting Actress Master Swordsman Lu Xiaofeng 2
(as Ye Xue)
Nominated
2001 11th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2002 12th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2003 12th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2004 12th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2005 13th Star Awards Ceremony Best Supporting Actress Portrait of Home
(as Fyn)
Won
2005 13th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2005 13th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress A New Life
(as Mei)
Nominated
2006 13th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2007 14th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2007 14th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress Metamorphosis
(as Wen Wanrou)
Won
2007 14th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Memorable Villains Portrait of Home
(as Fyn)
Won
2009 15th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
2010 16th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
2011 17th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
2012 18th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
2012 18th Star Awards Ceremony Best Supporting Actress The Oath
(as Yunwen)
Nominated
2013 19th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
2014 20th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
2014 20th Star Awards Ceremony Most Popular Regional Artiste (China) N/A Won
2015 21st Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress World at Your Feet
(as Zheng Yongyi)
Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ MediaCorp Biodata Archived 29 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "SPotlight: Yvonne Lim's Search for Stardom" (PDF). SPAN News, Issue 25 p.15. May 2006.
  3. ^ [1]
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  6. ^ Star Awards Hall of Fame
  7. ^ "Celluloid time machine: "It's a Great Great World"". ChannelNewsAsia.

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