Kearran Giovanni- Det. Amy Sykes
Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Giovanni spent half of her childhood in the heart of the Cajun culture, while the rest of her formative years were spent in the small town of Katy, Texas. Her father is the former Vice President of Haliburton Offshore Drilling, while her mother was a special education teacher. As a young girl, Giovanni shined as a track runner and gymnast until she fell in love with dance at age 14 which led her to apply to The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. After graduation, Giovanni attended the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio to pursue a career in dance, but soon realized that her true passion was in musical theatre.
In 2004, she moved to New York where she joined the cast of The Lion King for an eight-month run. Her debut was just the beginning, as she went on to star in several Broadway productions, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Anything Goes, Tarzan, Finian's Rainbow and Catch Me If You Can.She made her leading lady debut portraying the role of Helene in Sweet Charity and was nominated for an Astaire Award for her work in Guys & Dolls. In 2009, she landed a role on the Daytime Emmy®-winning series One Life to Live as Vivienne Wright, the love interest of Shaun Evans (Sean Ringgold). In early 2013, Giovanni guest starred on the CW’s Beauty & the Beast in the role of Miranda Bishop the supportive yet elusive wife of Police Captain Joe Bishop (Brian White).
Having recently relocated to Los Angeles, Giovanni spends her free time with her family: husband Philip Ambrosino, two daughters and Neo, their long-haired Chihuahua. She refers to herself as the "Activities Queen" because any free time she has is spent on family outings, which include trips to museums, zoos or concerts.
Giovanni is actively involved with the Sunshine Kids Organization which was founded by Major Crimes cast member and friend G. W. Bailey and is dedicated to providing extensive, fun programs and events to children receiving cancer treatments across America. She is especially active in The Lupus Foundation, as her mom succumbed to the autoimmune disorder. Additionally, her mother’s commitment to teaching ignited Giovanni’s philanthropic passion for ‘The Special Olympics,’ of which she is an active supporter and continues to be a staunch advocate for community service, dance programs and art projects that are centered on helping children.