Alexander Xian Cruz Lim Uy (born July 12, 1989) is a Chinese Filipino model, actor 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 now, Rocco in the movie, Bride for Rent. He and Kim Chiu are now considered as the "Box-Office loveteam" because of their second movie, Bride for Rent, which is one of the top-grossing Filipino movies of all time.
CareerUpon graduating high school in Daly City, California, he returned to the Philippines to study college as a basketball varsity scholar at the University of the East in Manila. 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. 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.
In 2011, after a special participation in Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin portraying the young Joaquin del Tierro, 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. It was during this time that he rose to commercial fame, signing several major endorsement deals with McDonald's Philippines, Globe, SM Accessories and BDO, and gaining international support from fans from his role as Andy Wu. In January 2012, Lim signed a three-picture contract with Star Cinema.
Later that year, he appeared in the film, My Cactus Heart and starred in a youth-oriented movie with Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil and Kean Cipriano, entitled The Reunion. He was also back in primetime through the teleserye drama Ina, Kapatid, Anak with Kim Chiu, Maja Salvador and Enchong Dee. After releasing singles Kung Di Sa 'Iyo and Alay Ko Sayo from the drama's soundtrack, he released his debut studio album So It's You under Star Records which reached a Gold Record status.
In 2013, his film Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? with his onscreen and offscreen partner Kim Chiu earned Php 10.5M 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 his rumored girlfriend 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 lifeXian 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.
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. His other interests include films, traveling and sports. Lim actively promotes living a healthy lifestyle. 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.
In 2011, Xian began courting fellow Star Magic artist and leading lady Kim Chiu. 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. 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.
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 and San Juan City for the victims of Typhoon Sendong. In August 2012, he and his girlfriend Kim Chiu spearheaded a relief operation in Marikina for the city's flood-affected victims.
During 2013 Lim joined the PETA campaign Free Mali along with Kim Chiu. Lim made a video plea for Mali (can be viewed on youtube) asking that she be moved to a sanctuary for the sake of her well being.
|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||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|
|2013||Ina, Kapatid, Anak||William "Liam" Lagdameo||Lead Role|
|Promil Pre-School I-Shine Talent Camp Seasons 1 & 2||Himself||Host|
|2014||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Maynard||"Gitara" episode|
|2010||Mamarazzi||Oscar||Supporting role||Regal Films|
|Two Funerals||Gerry||Lead Role||Indie Film|
|2012||My Cactus Heart||Bene||Star Cinema & Skylight Films|
|The Reunion||Joaquin "Joax" Perez||Star Cinema|
|2013||Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo?||Francisco Alejandro "Alex" Prieto||Star Cinema|
|2014||Bride for Rent||Roderico "Rocco" Espiritu Jr.||Star Cinema|
|Xian Lim||So It's Me||1. So It's You
2. Reaching Out
3. Oh Bibe
4. Puso Kong King Kong
5. Ako'y Sa'yo Malamang
|2012||Star Records||Platinum Record|
|Xian Lim||XL2||1. 'Di Bale
2. Keep Your Mouth (K.Y.M.)br /> 3. 'Pag May Time
4. Ikaw Na
5. Si Aina O Si Lorna O Si Fe
6. Alay Ko Sa'yo
7. Kung 'Di Sa Iyo
8. Bakit Bakla Ka
|Xian Lim||My Binondo Girl Themesong||Ako'y Sayo Lamang||2011||Star Records|
|Xian Lim||Aryana Themesong||Iibigin Kita||2012||Star Records|
|Xian Lim||Ina, Kapatid, Anak Soundtrack||Kung Di Sa 'Iyo
(Liam and Celyn Themesong)
|Xian Lim||Ina, Kapatid, Anak Soundtrack||Alay Ko Sayo
(Liam and Celyn Themesong)
Awards and NominationsThis is a list of awards and nominations received by Xian Lim during his career.
|2011||27th PMPC Star Awards for Movies||New Movie Actor of the Year (Two Funerals)||Nominated|
|2012||Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards||Breakthrough Actor of the Year||Won|
|Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards||Love team of the Year with Kim Chiu||Won|
|43rd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Box Office||Most Promising Actor||Nominated|
|Star Magic Ball||Couple of the Night with Kim Chiu||Won|
|ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards||Pop Pin-up Boy||Won|
|ASAP 7th 24K Gold and 9th Platinum Circle Awards||24K Male Gold Awardee So Its You (Star Records)||Won|
|26th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Talent Search Program Host (Promil Pre-School I-Shine Talent Camp/ABS CBN 2)||Nominated|
|2013||61st FAMAS Awards||GERMAN MORENO YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD||Won|
|1st Philippine Edition Television Awards||Favorite Primetime TV Actor||Won|
|1st Philippine Edition Television Awards||Favorite Primetime Drama Series (Ina, Kapatid, Anak/ABS-CBN 2)||Won|
|Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards||Loveteam Of The Year with Kim Chiu||Won|
|Yes! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful Stars||Primetime Category||Won|
|5th PMPC Star Awards for Music||New Male Recording Artist of the Year (So It's You/Star Records)||Nominated|
|27th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Talent Search Program Host (Promil Pre-School I-Shine Talent Camp/ABS CBN 2)||Nominated|
|27th PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Drama Actor (Ina, Kapatid, Anak/ABS-CBN 2)||Nominated|
|ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards||Pop Loveteam with Kim Chiu (Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo)||Won|
|ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards||Pop FansClub with Kim Chiu (KimXi)||Won|
|ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards||Pop OST Album (Ina, Kapatid, Anak/Kung Di Sa Iyo)||Won|
|Myra Vita White|
|Surf Flores de Bango|
|Faces and Curves|