Michael Hyatt plays “Cissy Saint,” Franklin's mother. Pragmatic and hard-working, Cissy raised Franklin primarily on her own. Simultaneously desiring a better life for Franklin, and yet selfishly wanting him close to home, Cissy will be forced to reckon with her role in Franklin's ascension in the drug world. Season two finds her reconnecting with her former husband while being fully confronted with her son’s dangerous success.
Hyatt was born in England to Jamaican parents. At the age of 10 she immigrated to the United States with her mother and two siblings. Living in Maryland and later Washington, D.C., Hyatt slowly adjusted to the American way of life. She went on to study acting at Howard University for her undergraduate degree and continued at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for her Master's degree.
Before Hyatt's work in film and television, she enjoyed memorable performances on stages throughout the country, most notably on Broadway in the critically-acclaimed Ragtime.
Hyatt’s numerous television credits include The West Wing, The Wire, The Kill Point, True Detective, Ray Donovan and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Hyatt will next be seen in the independent film Foster Boy, opposite Matthew Modine & Michael Beach. Additional film credits include Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal, The Trials of Cate McCall with Kate Beckinsale and Nick Nolte, Fame and Pushing Tin.
She currently resides in Los Angeles.