Kirsten Vangsness

Who is Kirsten Vangsness?

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness was born on July 7th, 1972. She is an actress most famous for the current role she is playing in the hit CBS drama series Criminal Minds. In this series, Kirsten plays FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia. Kirsten is also currently appearing in Bill Robens’ Kill Me, Deadly.

Kirsten was born in Pasadena, California to parents Errol Leroy Vangsness and wife Barbara Mary, nee Marconi. 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.

Besides, Kirsten is also an acclaimed writer, and her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine.

Her fiancee is film editor Melanie Goldstein, whose credits include the television series 24.

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  1. jamie says:

    Hello I would love to ask Kirsten, where did they get those fabulous clothes you wore on Criminal Minds? I find I would wait for you to come on just to see what gorgeous outfit they found for you that episode. Help a plus sized sister out, give up the brands and makers so we all can look good as big beautiful women. Thanks so much! Loved you in the show, still watching re-runs….

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