Sunnyi Melles is a Swiss citizen with Hungarian roots. She was born in Luxembourg to the actress Judith Melles-Rohonczy and the Hungarian conductor Carl Melles.
At the age of 10 she performed in H. Hollmann’s “Die letzten Tage der Menschheit” by Karl Kraus at the City Theater Basel and sang the Waldelfe in Verdi’s H. Hollmann “Falstaff”. At the age of 14 she was cast alongside Max von Sydow in her first international film Fred Haines Hesse’s “Der Steppenwolf” (Rosa)
She studied at “Otto-Falkenberg-Schule” in Munich and became part of the ensemble of the “Münchner Kammerspiele” while still at drama school performing in multiple programs including Goethe’s D. Dorn “Faust” (Gretchen), Shakespeare’s D. Dorn “Troilus and Cressida” (Cressida), T. Langhoff Lessing’s “Emilia Galotti” (Emilia) and A. Lang Schiller’s “Don Carlos” (Queen Elizabeth), P. Zadek Ibsen’s “Wenn wir Toten erwachen” (Maja)
Later at the Bavarian State Theatre “Münchner Staatsschauspiel” Sunnyi Melles performed in D. Dorn Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” (Annette), D. Dorn Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” (Isabelle) and B. Frey Tschechow’s Onkel Wanja” (Jelena). While at the Schauspielhaus Zurich she performed in H. Hartmann Thomas Bernhard’s “Immanuel Kant” (Millionärin).