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Darren Lim
Born (1972-09-30) 30 September 1972 (age 51)
  • Actor
  • host
  • businessman
Years active 1997−present
Evelyn Tan
(m. 2004)
Children 4
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 林明倫
Simplified Chinese 林明伦
Hanyu Pinyin Lín Mínglún

Darren Lim (born 30 September 1972) is a Singaporean actor and television host, who was a full-time Mediacorp artiste from 1997 to 2016.


Having left school at age 15, Lim began his career as a singer before joining the Television Corporation of Singapore, Mediacorp's predecessor, in the mid-1990s. He joined SPH MediaWorks in 2000 and was transferred back to Mediacorp when both companies merged in 2005. Since rejoining Mediacorp, his profile rose considerably and was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor several times, most notably for his role in The Little Nyonya.

Lim left Mediacorp in May 2012 after some 20 years in showbiz to work at his father's business and spend more time with his family. He has since returned to acting, but in a freelance capacity.

Personal life

Lim married fellow artiste Evelyn Tan in 2004. Lim left the entertainment industry to help his brother with his business and spend more time with his family. The couple has four children named Kristen, Jairus, Way, and Elliot.


Television series

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2001 Apple Pie
2002 Cash Is King Qi Xiao
Venture Against Time Lu Zhixuan
Heroes of Yang Jiang Bin
2003 Together Whenever
2004 Happy and Lucky
Be Somebody
Project J
Crunch Time
2005 A New Life Lin Laifa
Lifeline Guest appearance
2006 Through It All Wu Ximing
Fairy of the Chalice
2007 Kinship I Xu Naifa
Kinship II
Making Miracles Gao Zhengbang
2008 En Bloc Andrew Lim
Love Blossoms Huang Yezu
The Defining Moment
The Little Nyonya Huang Jincheng
2009 My School Daze Tang Andi
Baby Bonus Zheng Guo'an
2010 Happy Family Dong Muxing
The Best Things in Life Luo Jianguo
The Family Court Xu Zhiqiang
Breakout Wang Lianzhou
2011 The In-Laws Xiao Jianye
A Tale of 2 Cities Li Zhenbang
2012 Game Plan Adam
Joys of Life Cai Nan
2013 Sudden Joda
Marry Me Patrick
2014 Three Wishes Huijing
My Secret App Lin Yingxiong
2015 The Journey: Our Homeland Dai Xiaoxiong
Crescendo David Law
2016 The Queen He Guoping
2018 Doppelganger Li Ruijie
2019 After The Stars Shen Bangxing
While You Were Away Yu Guanming
2020 Loving You Chen Shi
2021 CTRL He Shaoqiang
Crouching Tiger Hidden Ghost Ah Kun
2022 Genie in a Cup Ma Xiaobao
Truths About Us Li Haoxiong
It's All Your Fault ! Chen Guoming
Love at First Bite Ricky
2023 Silent Walls Wu Xinbang
Strike Gold Sun Zigui
Oppa, Saranghae! Michael
Shero Dai Guowei
The Sky is Still Blue Liang Qingtian
Whatever Will Be, Will Be Ah Wen Dialect series
All That Glitters Big boss Special appearance
My One and Only Patrick
2024 Born to Shine (孺子可教也)
Kill Sera Sera Cameo


  • A Wonderful World (奇异旅程只真心爱生命饰新加坡便警)
  • Bad Boys In Wonderland (坏孩子俱乐部 1995)
  • Telemovie
  • Tapioca Porridge (English)

Selected variety show

Year Title Notes
2023 Wartime Food (战地食谱)
2011 Culture in a Bowl (吃出一碗文化)
2010 My Star Guide 5 (Shanghai, China) (我的导游是明星)
Stars for a Cause II (明星志工队2)
2009 Stars for a Cause (Season 1) (明星志工队)
Travel with Love
2008 Food Hometown (美食寻根)
2007 Adonis Beauty Chatter Box Adonis (美丽论谈)
Road Trip (Australia) (自游旅行摄)
2006 Hey Baby! (幸福密码)
Life Scent II (花花都市2)
On the Beat (都市大发现)
2005 The Amazing Health Shopper's Race
Life Scent (花花都市)
2000 - 2004 周末FUN轻松Wow Wow West
'Live'Unlimited (综艺无界限)
Here Comes Nancy (好姨到)
Banzai My Kids (亲子兵法)
Let's Take A Walk (今天我们逛街去)
1995 - 2000 Lunar New Year Show (农历新年特备节目)
Travel Hunt (奇趣搜搜搜)


  • Beauty World (美丽新世界; 1998)


  • 阳光系列专辑

Awards and nominations

Year Organisation Category Nominated work Result Ref
1998 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Top 20
1999 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Top 20
2005 Star Awards Best Supporting Actor A New Life (as Lin Laifa) Nominated
2007 Star Awards Best Supporting Actor Kinship (as Xu Naifa) Won
2009 Star Awards Best Supporting Actor The Little Nyonya (as Huang Jincheng) Nominated
2010 Star Awards Best Supporting Actor My School Daze (as Wang Andi) Nominated
2011 Star Awards Best Supporting Actor Breakout (as Wang Lianzhuo) Nominated
2019 Asian Rainbow TV Awards Best Male Host Award National Flavours 民族味 Won
2021 Star Awards Best Supporting Actor While You Were Away (as Yu Guanming) Nominated
Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Top 20
2022 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Top 20
2023 Star Awards Best Supporting Actor Genie In A Cup (as Ma Xiaobao) Nominated
Most Hated Villain Nominated
Best Programme Host A Night Under The Stars Nominated
Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Nominated
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