Sven Schelker, born in 1989, grew up in Reinach near Basel. Since the age of 10 he has been involved in various projects and productions, including the youth club of the Theater Basel. In 2008 he graduates from high school and receives the Basel Matura Award for extraordinary commitment to the arts. In September 2009 he began studying acting at the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich. In 2010 and 2011 he receives the study prize of the Migros Culture Percentage in the field of acting. In 2011 he was awarded the Migros Culture Percentage's sponsorship prize as the 'most promising study prize winner of the year'.
With the engagement at the Thalia Theater Hamburg, he leaves the Otto Falckenberg School and receives his stage certificate in 2013. As a 'European Shooting Star', Sven Schelker is a guest at the Berlinale 2015 as a selected young actor. For his first film role in 'Der Kreis' (2014) as travesty artist Röbi Rapp, he receives, among others, the Teddy Award and the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlinale 2014. The film is nominated as a candidate for the Oscar for Best Swiss Film. In 2015 he plays a supporting role in the series 'Homeland'. He can currently be seen in the cinema in 'Der vermessene Mensch' directed by Lars Kraume.
With the 20/21 season, Sven Schelker leaves the Ensemble in Hamburg for the Basler Compagnie. In the current season he can be seen in 'Dämonen' (shortlisted TT 2023), directed by Boris Nikitin, Sebastian Nübling, 'Molière – der eingebildete Tote' and in the production 'Ein Sommernachtstraum', invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen 2023, directed by Antú Romero Nunes.