Pik-Sen Lim

This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lim.
Pik-Sen Lim
Born Lim Phaik-Seng
(1944-09-15) 15 September 1944
Penang, Malaysia
Occupation Actress
Years active 1964–present
Spouse(s) Don Houghton

Pik-Sen Lim (Chinese: 林碧笙, born 15 September 1944) is a Malaysian-Chinese-British actress who has appeared on British television since the 1960s. She is best known for playing the character of Su-Lee, the Chinese Communist student in the British sitcom Mind Your Language (1977–79) and playing the killer cleaner in Johnny English Reborn.

Early life

Lim was born under the name of Lim Phaik-Seng in Penang, Malaysia, Straits Settlements (occupied by Japan at the time of her birth), and was the daughter of the palm oil millionaire Lim Cheng-Teik. She attended convent school in Penang, where she was nicknamed "Pixie". Against the wishes of her family, she moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 16 to study at the London School of Dramatic Art. Here, she changed her name because her friends would pronounce "Phaik" as "fake".


In 1964, she appeared in the hospital drama series Emergency – Ward 10, playing a nurse. There she met scriptwriter Don Houghton, whom she married. Her daughter by him, Sara Houghton, is also an actress, and they were once cast as mother and daughter in Three Thousand Troubled Threads. She also appeared in Don Houghton-scripted Doctor Who serial The Mind of Evil in 1971, and the first three seasons of the sitcom Mind Your Language speaking Hokkien as her Chinese language. Here, she had to speak in an exaggerated, stereotyped Chinese accent, even though her English is perfect.

Her later appearances are roles in the short-lived soap operas Albion Market (1985) and Night and Day (2003), as well as Arabian Nights (2000), The Bill (2005), and as a character in the comedy series Little Britain (2004).

She is the narrator of the video game Dark Souls.


Film & Television
Year Title Role Notes
1964-1967 Emergency – Ward 10 Nurse Kwei
1967 Sorry I'm Single Suzy Series Regular
1969 The Gladiators C-2
1970 The Flaxton Boys Su Ling
1971 Doctor Who Captain Chin Lee The Mind of Evil (3 episodes)
1972 Madame Sin Nikko
1972 General Hospital Prem. Unit Nurse
1974 Within These Walls Sister Ling
1976 The New Avengers Sing - The Chinese Attache "The Midas Touch"
1977-1979 Mind Your Language Chung Su-Lee Series Regular
1978-1981 Spearhead Tsai Adams Series Regular
1979 Angels Dr. Yeo
1980 The Professionals Chai Ling "Take Away"
1980 Shoestring Phone Girl "Mocking Bird"
1985 Albion Market Ly Nhu Chan
1996 Cracker Wei Wei "White Ghost"
1998 London's Burning Mrs. Lau
2004 Little Britain Simone
2005 The Bill Dora Sim
2006 The Ruby in the Smoke Madame Sheng
2010 Spirit Warriors Beggar Woman
2011 Casualty Reiko Reid Episode titled 'Clean Slate'
2011 Johnny English Reborn Killer Cleaner
2012 A Civil Arrangement Madam Rene TV Movie
2013 Holby City Amy Cardle "The Journey Home"
2015 Roald Dahl's Esio Trot Mrs Wu
2015 The Dumping Ground Po Po 1 Episode: Coming Round


Theatre Credits
Year 1964 Title The Bacchae of Euripides Role Chorus Notes
2012 The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie Mrs Gao Produced by Finborough Theatre.


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