Birmingham, West Midlands U.K.
Charlene "Michael" Hyatt is a British-born American actress. Before her work in film and television, she performed on stages throughout the country, particularly in Ragtime on Broadway. She has played Brianna Barksdale on The Wire, Dr. Noelle Akopian on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Detective Sheila Muncie on Ray Donovan.
Hyatt was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, to Vera Hyatt, an art historian, museologist, and former Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Jamaica, and Charles Hyatt, a Jamaican actor, broadcaster, and comedian. Her parents are both from Jamaica.
As a child Hyatt was exposed to art and theater from the work of both of her parents during the 1970s in Jamaica. Hyatt emigrated to the United States with her mother and two siblings when she was ten years old. The family lived in Maryland and then Washington, D.C. Hyatt has a Batchelor of Fine Arts from Howard University and received her Master of Fine Arts from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. During college she did a theater practicum and worked at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. During grad school she worked for director Spike Lee as an assistant.
Hyatt had a recurring role on the first four seasons of the HBO series The Wire as Brianna Barksdale. She starred in Spike TV's The Kill Point as SWAT team commander Connie Reubens. She has guest starred on both Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. She has also made brief appearances in ER, 24, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, The Big Bang Theory, Veronica Mars, Oz, Criminal Minds, Joan of Arcadia, Dexter, and Glee.
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