Xian Lim

Alexander Xian Cruz Lim-Uy[fn 1] (Tagalog pronunciation: [ˈzijɐn lɪm], born July 12, 1989)[1] is an American-Filipino actor, filmmaker, model, singer, host, and professional basketball player.

Xian Lim
Xian Lim by Jopet Sy.jpg
Xian Lim by Jopet Sy, January 2018
Alexander Xian Cruz Lim-Uy[1][fn 1]

(1989-07-12) July 12, 1989 (age 30)
San Francisco, California, United States
Alma materUniversity of the East
OccupationActor, model, Singer, blogger, Beauty Pageant Intl Host, Painter, director, Professional Basketball Player
Years active2008–present
AgentABS-CBN Entertainment
Star Magic
Viva Artists Agency
Partner(s)Kim Chiu
(2011–present) [1]

He is best known for his roles in My Binondo Girl (2011), The Reunion (2012), Ina, Kapatid, Anak (2012–14), Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? (2013), Bride for Rent (2014), The Story of Us (2016) and Everything About Her (2016).

Lim was a contract artist of Star Magic from 2008 to 2017, until signing a contract with Viva Artists Agency in January 2018. Since 2012, Lim has notably hosted for many major televised events, particularly Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) annually, as well as Miss Grand International in Vietnam in 2017.

Early lifeEdit

Born in San Francisco, California, Lim and his family moved back to Manila, Philippines six months after his birth. Following his parent's separation, he (age 10) and his mother relocated to Daly City, California. Raised by his mother, a former model turned piano teacher, resulted in Lim learning various musical instruments including piano, trombone, saxophone and guitar.[2] He later joined a symphonic band before graduating high school at age 18.[3] He briefly studied Psychology in Skyline College in San Bruno, California, until moving to the Philippines to attend college as a basketball varsity scholar at the University of the East in Manila.[4]

Before attaining a degree, he became involved with modeling, and eventually, acting.[citation needed]

Early life and careerEdit

Lim was cast in a few minor roles before landing a supporting role in Katorse in 2009.[5]

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 at the Star Magic Concert Tour in Ontario, Canada, June 2009

In 2011, after a special participation in Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin portraying the young Joaquin del Tierro,[6] 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[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

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.

From 2015 to 2017, he has starred in a succession of roles, starting with his voice over for the Filipino release of Paddington, as well as leading and supporting film credits in All You Need Is Pag-ibig (2015), Everything About Her (2016) and Sin Island (2018).

After Lim signed a contract with Viva Artists Agency months after his contract with Star Magic expired in mid-2017, he confirmed his directorial debut in his film Tabon, which premiered at the Cinemalaya 2019.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Lim actively promotes living a healthy lifestyle and his interests include filmmaking, traveling and sports.[11] He is a self-professed health-buff, enjoys activities like running and exercises, with further intentions to someday joining a triathlon.[12]

In 2011, Xian began courting fellow Star Magic artist and leading lady Kim Chiu.[13] Lim and Chiu began dating in 2012, which was confirmed in a 2013 episode of Kris TV.[14][15]

On November 15, 2018, Kim Chiu finally confirms her relationship with Xian Lim on her interview on Tonight With Boy Abunda.


Lim has 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]

Basketball careerEdit

Xian Lim
Mandaluyong El Tigre
Personal information
Born (1989-07-12) July 12, 1989 (age 30)
San Francisco, California, United States
Listed height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Career information
High schoolWestmoor High School
CollegeUniversity of the East
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–presentMandaluyong El Tigre

Lim will play for the Mandaluyong El Tigre for the 2018–2019 season of MPBL.



Year Title Role Notes Production
2010 Mamarazzi Oscar Supporting role Regal Films
Two Funerals[19] 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 Dear Other Self Henry
2018 Sin Island David Santiago Lead role / Protagonist / Antagonist / Anti Hero
Corpus Delicti Mark Mondejar Star Cinema & CineBro Films
Paddington 2 Paddington Bear (voice) Xian Lim replaced Ben Whishaw as the voice actor for the Philippine release StudioCanal and Heyday Films
Miss Granny Lorenz Main Role Viva Films
2019 Hanggang Kailan? Donnie Lead Role


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 Network
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[20] 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
100 Days to Heaven Jojo Villanueva Guest role ABS-CBN
My Binondo Girl Andrew "Andy" Wu Lead role
2008–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
2017 A Love to Last Sebastian "Totoy" Cruz Special participation
Maalaala Mo Kaya Randy "Kwek-kwek" episode
2019 Maalaala Mo Kaya Bill Felisan "Youth Citizen" episode
2020 Love Thy Woman David Chao Main Role / Anti Hero


Studio albumsEdit

Artist Album Tracks Year Label 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 Music 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.)

Xian Lim Key of X 1. Getting to Know Each Other Too Well

2. Download
3. Honey My Love So Sweet
4. Wala Na Bang Pag-Ibig
5. Manhid



Artist Album Tracks Year Label
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
Songs in the Key of X July 15, 2017

Awards, nominations and recognitionsEdit

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
2017 1st GEMS (Guild of Educators, Mentors and Students) Awards Best Supporting Actor Everything About Her Won
15th Gawad Tanglaw Won
1st EDDYS Entertainment Editors Awards Nominated
33rd Star Awards for Movies Movie Supporting Actor of the Year Won
31st PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Single Performance by an Actor Maalaala Mo Kaya: "Kwek-Kwek" Episode Nominated
Aliw Awards 2017 Best Major Concert (Male) Songs in the Key of X Nominated
2018 34th Star Awards for Movies Movie Supporting Actor of the Year Dear Other Self Nominated
Male Star of the Night Won


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


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  4. ^ Godinez, Bong (June 14, 2009). "Katorse's Xian Lim recalls childhood bonding with his dad". Pep/ph.
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  6. ^ "Episodes cast for 'Minsan lang kita iibigin'". IMDb.
  7. ^ Franco, Bernie (July 1, 2012). "Xian Lim signs a three-picture contract, including one with Kim Chiu". ABS-CBN.
  8. ^ Siazon, Rachelle (November 1, 2012). "Enchong Dee, Xian Lim, Enrique Gil, and Kean Cipriano gear up for Star Cinema's 'The Reunion'". ABS-CBN.
  9. ^ Jose, Noel (September 17, 2012). "Xian Lim's "So It's You" is now certified gold!". Blogspot.
  10. ^ "Xian Lim will direct his first movie for Cinemalaya 2019". Rappler. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  13. ^ Buan-Deveza, Reyma (September 26, 2012). "Kim tells Xian: 'Konting effort pa'". ABS-CBN.
  14. ^ "Kim Chiu and Xian Lim Admit They Are Exclusively Dating". Female Network. July 31, 2013.
  15. ^ Pumaloy, Rey (August 29, 2013). "Kim Chiu promises to be open about her next relationship". Pep.
  16. ^ "Star Magic basketball team plays for a cause in Iloilo". The Philippine Star. March 1, 2012.
  17. ^ Siazon, Rachelle (August 12, 2012). "Kim Chiu and Xian Lim join forces in packing and distributing relief goods". ABS-CBN.
  18. ^ "Celebrities call for Mali's transfer". Yahoo. May 28, 2013.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ "Xian Lim and Jessy Mendiola's characters get 'married' in MMK". Pep. October 6, 2010.

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