Vangsness in 2007
July 7, 1972 |
Kirsten Simone Vangsness (born 7 July 1972) is an American actress. She currently stars in the CBS television drama series Criminal Minds as FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia. She also portrayed the same character on the spin-off, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.
Kirsten was born July 7, 1972 in Pasadena, California to Errol Leroy Vangsness (born 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and his wife Barbara Mary, née Marconi (born 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). All of her paternal great grandparents were Norwegians, with ancestry from Gol, Bergen and Oslo. She was raised in Porterville, California and moved to Cerritos, California. She graduated from Cerritos High School in June 1990, and later attended Cypress College  and graduated from California State University Fullerton.
She got her first big break in the theater where she won several awards, including the 15 Minutes of Female Best Actress Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Emerging Comic Actress and the Golden Betty Award. She is also a writer, and her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
Vangsness describes herself as "queer as a purple unicorn singing Madonna". Her fiancée was film editor Melanie Goldstein, whom she began dating in 2006. Goldstein's credits include the television series 24. Melanie and Vangsness separated in 2013.
|1998||Sometimes Santa's Gotta Get Whacked||Tooth Fairy||Short film|
|2008||Tranny McGuyver||TV News Reporter||Short film|
|2009||Scream of the Bikini||Interior Decorator|
|2010||In My Sleep||Madge|
|2011||Sarina's Song||Party Guest||Short film|
|2011||Chicago 8, TheThe Chicago 8||Sketch Artist|
|2012||Remember to Breathe||Vocals for Young Alice||Short film|
|2013||Kill Me, Deadly||Mona Livingston||Main Role|
|2004||Phil of the Future||Veronica||Season 1 Episode 16 (Age Before Beauty)|
|2004||LAX||Ticket Agent / Stephanie||Season 1 Episode 1,8+10|
|2005–present||Criminal Minds||Penelope Garcia||Main Cast (Season 2–present) Recurring Cast (Season 1)|
|2010||Vampire Mob||Laura Anderson||TV series|
|2010–2012||Pretty the Series||Meredith Champagne||Recurring role (14 episodes)|
|2011||Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior||Penelope Garcia||Main role (Season 1)|
|2011||Second City This Week||Celebrity Guest||Season 1 Episode 32|
|2011–2013||Good Job, Thanks!||Therapist||Season 1 Episode 6 + Season 2 Episode 2|
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- Cypress College Public Information Office (2012-05-04). "Cypress College @Cypress Newsletter".
- Anderson-Minshall, Diane (November 2011). "The Purple Unicorn". The Advocate: 42.
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- Melanie Goldstein at the Internet Movie Database
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- Profile at CBS - Criminal Minds
- Kirsten Vangsness at the Internet Movie Database
- Kirsten Vangsness at TVGuide.com
- Family tree by Kirsten Vangsness' father