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Renee Li-Yen Lim
Renee Li-Yen Lim (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
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. Her mother moved to Malaysia and remarried, with 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 also 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. 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".
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. Lim played Mae, the younger Thai girlfriend of Josh's father, in Please Like Me, and starred in Forget Me Not in 2014, 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.
|2004||The Brother||Paramedic #2||Short|
|2005||The Suitor||Cindy Kwok||Short|
|2009||The Last One||Abbie||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||Forget Me Not||Jennifer|
|2020||Never Too Late||Lin|
|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|
|2016||The Weekend Shift||Emily||TV series|
|2016||Deep Water||Det. Ginger||TV miniseries|
|2021||The Unusual Suspects||Detective Lim||TV miniseries|
|2021||Clickbait||Alice||TV miniseries, 4 episodes|
- "Registers of Practitioners: Dr Renee Li-Yen Lim". Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
- Wilmoth, Peter (19 September 2012). "Never a dull moment". The Weekly Review. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014.
- "Renee Lim". The South African TV Authority.
- "Renee Lim interview". SBS One. 16 August 2012.
- Yeap, Sue (16 August 2012). "Lim finds professional balance". The West Australian.
- "Renee Lim... leading actress, presenter and medical doctor". Saxton Speakers Bureau.
- "About — Past Shows". UNSW Medical Revue Society. 8 September 2017.
- 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.
- on YouTube
- Hook, Chris (7 November 2011). "Justin Fleming's play Coup d'Etat stars Renee Lim". The Telegraph.
- Hunter, Brooke. "Renee Lim East West 101 Interview". Femail.
- "Dr Renee Lim". Sydney Medical School.
- "Knapman Wyld Television". Archived from the original on 10 December 2007.