Xian Lim

This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li Fu and Lim is a generation name.
Xian Lim

Xian Lim at the Star Magic Concert Tour in Ontario, Canada, June 2009
Born Alexander Xian Lim[1][fn 1]
(1989-07-12) July 12, 1989
San Francisco, California, United States
Residence Antipolo City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Alma mater University of the East
Occupation Actor, model, singer
Years active 2008–present
Agent Star Magic (2008–present)

Alexander Xian Lim[fn 1] (Chinese: 冼立呒 Xiǎn Lì Fǔ July 12, 1989[1]) is a Chinese-Filipino an actor, model and singer, also known as Xian Lim. Lim is a contract artist of Star Magic. Lim is famous for playing the roles of Andy in the series My Binondo Girl in 2011 and Rocco in the blockbuster hit movie Bride for Rent.

Early life and career

Upon graduating high school in Daly City, California, he returned to the Philippines to attend college as a basketball varsity scholar at the University of the East in Manila.[2] Before getting a degree, he became involved with modeling, and eventually, acting.

Lim was cast in a few minor roles before landing a supporting role in Katorse in 2009.[3] In 2010, he was a cast in the drama Rubi as Luis Navarro. Then, he guest starred in 100 Days to Heaven as Jojo Villanueva. He was a guest judge on Showtime and had one-episode appearances for Midnight DJ, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Wansapanataym and Your Song Presents: Andi.

Xian Lim performing in Toronto, 2014

In 2011, after a special participation in Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin portraying the young Joaquin del Tierro,[4] he landed his first major lead role in My Binondo Girl top-billed by Kim Chiu. The romantic-comedy television drama was a nationwide success, garnering an average household TV rating of 28.2% provided by Kantar Media/TNS.

In early 2012, Lim signed a three-picture contract with Star Cinema[5] and appeared in the film, My Cactus Heart. In the same year, he starred in a youth-oriented movie with Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil and Kean Cipriano, entitled The Reunion.[6] He was also back in primetime through the teleserye drama Ina, Kapatid, Anak with Kim Chiu, Maja Salvador and Enchong Dee. He also released his debut studio album So It's You under Star Records which reached a Gold Record status.[7]

In 2013, his film Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? with his onscreen and offscreen partner Kim Chiu earned Php 10.5 million in the first day of film showing alone, consequentially surpassing the P100 million mark at the box office for the year 2013 in three weeks time. From the outstanding box office sales, the pair obtained the nickname as the newest blockbuster royalties of their generation.

In 2014, his second movie with Kim Chiu entitled Bride for Rent earned a whopping Php 21.2M on its first day and Php 100M in just 4 days. The movie eventually grossed Php 326,958,423 during its whole run in theaters which validated the KimXi tandem's box office draw.

Personal life

Xian Lim is an only child of his parents and is of Chinese-Filipino descent (both his parents are Filipinos of Chinese lineage). He was born in San Francisco, California, however, at only 6 months old, his family moved back to Manila, Philippines where he spent most of his childhood and elementary education. His father and mother subsequently separated when he was still young. At 10 years old they again relocated this time to Daly City, California where he completed his middle school and high school education. He didn't return to Manila until after he graduated high school at age 18.[8]

As a child, he was interested in music and entertainment, noting his ability to play musical instruments including piano, trombone, saxophone and guitar, later joining a symphonic band.[9] His other interests include films, traveling and sports. Lim actively promotes living a healthy lifestyle.[10] Despite admitting to be a big fan of food, he is a self-professed health-buff, enjoys activities like running and exercises, with further intentions to someday joining a triathlon.[11]

In 2011, Xian began courting fellow Star Magic artist and leading lady Kim Chiu.[12] After much speculation, Lim and Chiu were reported to be dating by 2012. After many sightings and vacations together overseas, they admitted to be exclusively dating on a July 2013 episode of ABS-CBN talk show Kris TV.[13][14] He was said to be a main support to his girlfriend in the midst of the controversy over the death of her long lost mother.[15]

Using his love for basketball and music, he also participated in various charity games including annual birthday events at local missions foundations, performing at benefit concerts, an event in IloIlo under Star Magic[16] and San Juan City for the victims of Typhoon Sendong. In August 2012, he and Kim Chiu spearheaded a relief operation in Marikina for the city's flood-affected victims.[17]

During 2013, Lim joined the PETA Free Mali campaign along with Kim Chiu. Lim made a video plea for Mali asking that she be moved to a sanctuary for the sake of her well being.[18]



Year Title Role Notes Network
2008 My Girl Photographer Cameo appearance ABS-CBN
2008–2009 Your Song Presents: My Only Hope Enrico "Rick" Alejandro Supporting role
2009 Katorse Albert Arcangel Lead role
2010 Midnight DJ Luis "JS Prom Nightmare" episode TV5
Maynila Marc Episode: Makinig Ka, Puso GMA
Lance "Hunky and Virile" episode
Rubi Luis Navarro / Luis N. Ferrer Extended role ABS-CBN
Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla: Elias Paniki Gabriel Supporting role
Midnight DJ Jake "Bulong ng Demonyo" episode TV5
Maalaala Mo Kaya Mark "Marriage Contract" episode[19] ABS-CBN
Wansapanataym Aris "Bandanang Itim" episode
Your Song Presents: Andi Ralph "Tell Me" episode
2011 Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin Young Joaquin Del Tierro Special participation
Yamaha Yey Himself Co-host Studio 23
My Binondo Girl Andrew "Andy" Wu Lead role ABS-CBN
2011–present ASAP Himself Host / Performer
2012-2014 Ina, Kapatid, Anak William "Liam" Lagdameo Lead role
I-Shine Talent Camp TV Seasons 1, 2 and 3 Himself Host
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya Maynard "Gitara" episode
Maalaala Mo Kaya Johnny Medrano "Saklay" episode
2015 Ryan Ryan Musikahan: Piyano At Gitara Himself Guest performer Jeepney TV
2016 The Story of Us Ferdinand "Macoy" Sandoval Lead role ABS-CBN
Maalaala Mo Kaya Raymond "DJ" episode
Doowee Hooper Beat Band Competition Season 3 Himself Host S+A
Maalaala Mo Kaya Gabby "Medical Result" episode ABS-CBN


Year Title Role Notes Production
2010 Mamarazzi Oscar Supporting role Regal Films
Two Funerals[20] Gerry Lead role Indie Film
2012 My Cactus Heart Bene Star Cinema and Skylight Films
The Reunion Joaquin "Joax" Perez Star Cinema
2013 Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? Francisco Alejandro "Alex" Prieto
2014 Bride for Rent Roderico "Rocco" Espiritu Jr.
Past Tense Bobby "Babs" Razon
2015 Paddington Paddington Bear (voice) Lim replaced Ben Whishaw as the voice actor for the Philippine release StudioCanal and Heyday Films
Must Date The Playboy Zachary "Zach" Andres Lead role (Mobile Series) Star Flix
All You Need Is Pag-Ibig Dino Lead role Star Cinema
2016 Everything About Her Albert Mitra
2017 Xian-Coleen Movie Bern
Corpus Delicti TBA TBA


Studio albums

Artist Album Tracks Year Records Status
Xian Lim So It's You 1. So It's You

2. Reaching Out
3. Oh Babe
4. Puso 'kong Hibang
5. Ako'y Sa'yo Lamang

2012 Star Records Platinum Record
Xian Lim XL2 1. Kung 'Di Sa Iyo

2. Iibigin
3. Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo?
4. Pag May Time
5. Ikaw Na
6. Si Aida o Si Lorna o Si Fe
7. Alay 'ko Sayo
8. 'Di Bale
8. Keep In Mind (K.I.M.)

2014 Star Records


Artist Album Tracks Year Records
Xian Lim My Binondo Girl Theme Song Ako'y Sayo Lamang
2011 Star Music
Aryana Theme Song Iibigin Kita
Ina, Kapatid, Anak soundtrack Kung Di Sa 'Iyo
(Liam and Celyn Theme Song)
Alay Ko Sayo
(Liam and Celyn Theme Song)


Title Date
A Date With Xian July 9, 2016

Awards, nominations and recognitions

Awards and Nomination
Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Result
2011 27th PMPC Star Awards for Movies New Movie Actor of the Year Two Funerals Nominated
2012 Yahoo! OMG! Philippines Awards Breakthrough Actor of the Year My Binondo Girl Won
Love team of the Year
(shared with Kim Chiu)
43rd GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Actor of the Year Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Pin-up Boy N/A Won
ASAP 7th 24K Gold Awards 24K Male Gold Awardee So Its You Won
26th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Talent Search Program Host
(shared with Dimples Romana and Matteo Guidicelli)
Promil Pre-School I-Shine Talent Camp Nominated
2013 61st FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Award N/A Won
8th Myx Music Awards Favorite Myx Celebrity VJ N/A Nominated
Yahoo! OMG! Philippines Award Love Team Of The Year
(shared with Kim Chiu)
Ina Kapatid Anak Won
Yes! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars (Primetime Category) N/A Included
5th PMPC Star Awards for Music New Male Recording Artist of the Year So It's You Nominated
27th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Talent Search Program Host
(shared with Dimples Romana and Matteo Guidicelli)
Promil Pre-School I-Shine Talent Camp Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Love Team
(shared with Kim Chiu)
Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? Won
2014 62nd FAMAS Awards Best Actor Nominated
1st PEP List Awards Fab Star (Male) N/A Won
Celebrity Pair of the Year
(shared with Kim Chiu)
Bride for Rent Won
Yes! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars (Blockbuster King category) Won
6th PMPC Star Awards for Music Male Pop Artist of the Year XL2 Nominated
4th EdukCircle Awards Most Influential Film Actor Bride for Rent Won
28th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Talent Search Program Host
(shared with Dimples Romana and Matteo Guidicelli)
Promil Pre-School I-Shine Talent Camp Nominated
27th Aliw Awards Best Emcee (Male) N/A Nominated
10th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Male Artist XL2 Won
Pop Album Nominated
Pop Song Pag May Time Nominated
Pop Coverboy N/A Won
Pop Selfie N/A Nominated
Pop Instagrammer N/A Won
Pop Instavideo N/A Nominated
Pop Screen Kiss
(shared with Kim Chiu)
Bride for Rent Won
Pop Loveteam
(shared with Kim Chiu)
Pop Movie
(shared with Kim Chiu)
2015 10th Myx Music Awards Favorite Myx Celebrity VJ N/A Nominated
46th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards 2015 Prince of Philippine Movies & TV Bride for Rent Won
2nd PEP List Awards Fab Star of the Year (Male) N/A Won
Celebrity Pair of the Year
(shared with Kim Chiu)
N/A Won
2016 6th EdukCircle Awards Best Drama Actor The Story of Us Won
30th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actor Nominated
German Moreno Power Tandem (with Kim Chiu) N/A Won


  1. 1 2 Xian Lim was born in the United States. Thus, he does not possess his mother's maiden name which is Cruz.


  1. 1 2 "The Birth of Alexander Lim". Californiabirthindex.org. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  2. Godinez, Bong (14 June 2009). "Katorse's Xian Lim recalls childhood bonding with his dad". Pep.
  3. de Calma, Archie (23 May 2009). "Xian Lim makes his bid for leading man status in Katorse". Pep.
  4. "Episodes cast for "Minsan lang kita iibigin"". Imdb.
  5. Franco, Bernie (1 July 2012). "Xian Lim signs a three-picture contract, including one with Kim Chiu". ABS-CBN.
  6. Siazon, Rachelle (1 November 2012). "Enchong Dee, Xian Lim, Enrique Gil, and Kean Cipriano gear up for Star Cinema's 'The Reunion'". ABS-CBN.
  7. Jose, Noel (17 September 2012). "Xian Lim's "So It's You" is now certified gold!". Blogspot.
  8. Cruz, Marinel (22 April 2002). "Xian Lim speaks on stardom and Kim Chiu". Inquirer.
  9. "Xian Lim channels Boys Over Flowers for Cosmo.ph". Pep. 17 November 2009.
  10. http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/entertainment/2013/08/10/xian-lim-promotes-healthy-lifestyle-297049
  11. De Leon, Angela. "Xian Lim on having it all, health and Superman". Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  12. Buan-Deveza, Reyma (26 September 2012). "Kim tells Xian: 'Konting effort pa'". ABS-CBN.
  13. "Kim Chiu and Xian Lim Admit They Are Exclusively Dating". Female Network. 31 July 2013.
  14. Pumaloy, Rey (29 August 2013). "Kim Chiu promises to be open about her next relationship". Pep.
  15. "Xian to Kim's critics: 'Tama na, respeto lang'". ABS-CBN. 27 June 2013.
  16. "Star Magic basketball team plays for a cause in Iloilo". The Philippine Star. 1 March 2012.
  17. Siazon, Rachelle (12 August 2012). "Kim Chiu and Xian Lim join forces in packing and distributing relief goods". ABS-CBN.
  18. "Celebrities call for Mali's transfer". Yahoo. 28 May 2013.
  19. "Xian Lim and Jessy Mendiola's characters get 'married' in MMK". Pep. 6 October 2010.
  20. Zulueta, Lito. "Gil Portes' bizarrely funny 'Two Funerals' shows fact is stranger than fiction". Archived from the original on September 9, 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
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