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.


Upon 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.[1] 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.[2] 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,[3] 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,[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.[5] 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.[6]

Later that year, he appeared in the film, My Cactus Heart[7] and 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. 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.[9][10]

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 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.[11][12]
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.[13] His other interests include films, traveling and sports. Lim actively promotes living a healthy lifestyle.[14] 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.[15]
In 2011, Xian began courting fellow Star Magic artist and leading lady Kim Chiu.[16] 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.[17][18] 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.[19]
Using his love for basketball and music, he also participated in various charity games including annual birthday events at local missions foundations,[20] performing at benefit concerts, an event in IloIlo under Star Magic[21] and San Juan City for the victims of Typhoon Sendong.[22] In August 2012, he and his girlfriend Kim Chiu spearheaded a relief operation in Marikina for the city's flood-affected victims.[23]
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.[24]



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[25] ABS-CBN
Wansapanataym Aris "Bandanang Itim" episode[26]
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


Year Title Role Notes Production
2010 Mamarazzi Oscar Supporting role Regal Films
Two Funerals[27] 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


Studio Album

Artist Album Tracks Year Records Status
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
7. Iibigin
8. Bakit Bakla Ka
2014 Star Records


Artist Album Tracks Year Records
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)
2012 Star Records
Xian Lim Ina, Kapatid, Anak Soundtrack Alay Ko Sayo
(Liam and Celyn Themesong)
2012 Star Records

Awards and Nominations

This is a list of awards and nominations received by Xian Lim during his career.
Year Award Category Result
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
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


Orotime Jewelry
Century Tuna‏
Myra Vita White
Surf Flores de Bango
Gold's Gym
Faces and Curves
McDonald's Philippines
Avon Life
Gibi Shoes
SM Accessories
Aquafresco Fragrances
Pond's Men

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