Renee Lim

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Renee Lim
Renee Li-Yen Lim

c. 1978–1979
Perth, Australia
  • Actress
  • TV presenter
  • Doctor

Renee Li-Yen Lim[1] (born c. 1978–1979) is an Australian actress, television presenter, and medical doctor. She is best known for her roles as Constable Jung Lim in East West 101, Mae in Please Like Me and her recurring role as Vivienne Hart in The Secret Daughter.

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] Her mother moved to Malaysia[2] and remarried, with 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 also 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 Hampton Senior High School.[2][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] She is the Director of Programs at the Pam McLean Centre, an organisation that develops communication training for medical professionals.

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]

As an actor, Lim made ten guest appearances on the Australian hospital drama All Saints as Suzi Lau, and appeared as a regular cast member on SBS's police drama East West 101 as Jung Lim.[14] Lim played Mae, the younger Thai girlfriend of Josh's father, in Please Like Me, and starred in Forget Me Not in 2014,[15] and in The Secret Daughter, Wonderland and Pulse in 2016.

As a presenter she has appeared on the ABC's Ask The Doctors, and on Food Investigators and Destination Flavour.

Lim creates content for Nay In The Life, a multi-platform project that combines video, theatre and written content centred around well-being and personal development.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Brother Paramedic #2 Short
2005 The Suitor Cindy Kwok Short
2006 In Opposition Colleen Short
2009 The Last One Abbie Short
2009 Rose Dead Thing Short
2009 First Date Kim Short
2009 Polla/Mark Polla Short
2009 Fallen Linda Short
2011 The Tunnel Lisa Lung
2012 Dead Moon Circus Rei Hino / Sailor Mars
2013 Dead Moon Circus 2 Rei Hino / Sailor Mars
2013 The Salt Maiden Rana Short
2014 Ad Nauseam Chlorine
2014 Forget Me Not Jennifer
2020 Never Too Late Lin
2020 The Dry Sandra Whitlam
2021 Sydney Stories Call Girl
2021 Mary's Room Shu Short
2022 Dark Noise Jill Croker


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 The Newtown Girls Alex Regular role
2013–14 Atomic Kingdom Verity Long / Jade Long "Elite", "Bound by Blood", "Bitter Kin"
2013–16 Please Like Me Mae Main role
2014–15 Wonderland Song Luu Recurring role
2015 Plonk Lucy "Barossa"
2016 The Weekend Shift Emily TV series
2016 Deep Water Det. Ginger TV miniseries
2016-17 The Secret Daughter Vivienne Hart 11 episodes
2017 Pulse Monica Lee 8 episodes
2018 Bite Club Olivia 1 episode
2018 Rake Tina 1 episode
2017-21 Little J & Big Cuz Ms Chen 40 episodes
2019-20 Reckoning Marcy 5 episodes
2019 Secret City Helen Wu 4 episodes
2019 Diary of an Uber Driver Tess 1 episode
2019 Preacher TV Anchor 2 episodes
2021 The Unusual Suspects Detective Lim TV miniseries
2021 Clickbait Alice TV miniseries, 4 episodes
2021 Fires Fiona Rocca 1 episode
2022 The Tourist (TV series) Marnie Brown 2 episodes
2022 Bali 2002 Joy Fong 4 episodes
2022 Black Snow Angie Zang 4 episodes
2022-23 The PM's Daughter[16] Deputy Principal 5 episodes


  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. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014.
  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 September 2017.
  8. ^ Swarbrick, Alexander; Lim, Renee L. H.; Upcroft, Jacqueline A.; Stewart, Thomas S. (2007). "Nucleotide Variation in the Cytidine Triphosphate Synthetase Gene of Giardia duodenalis". Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. 44 (6): 531–534. doi:10.1111/j.1550-7408.1997.tb05957.x. PMID 9435124. S2CID 42463101.
  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". Archived from the original on 10 December 2007.
  15. ^ "IMDb". IMDb.
  16. ^ "The PM's Daughter filming S2 | TV Tonight". 15 August 2022.

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