Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

327 Fans
Jul. 7th, 1972
Born in
Pasadena, CA, USA
170 cm

Kirsten Vangsness' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Criminal Minds TV Show
Criminal Minds
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior TV Show
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Ticket Agent #1
Penelope Garcia
Herself - Judge
Herself - Guest
[Complete List]


Kirsten Simone Vangsness,an American actress, was born in Pasadena, CA to parents Errol Leroy Vangsness (born 5 Feb. 1938 in Milwaukee, WI) and wife Barbara Mary, née Marconi (born 1 Dec. 1942 in Philadelphia, PA). Her father is of Norwegian descent with roots in Gol and Sogn..

She graduated from Cerritos High School in Cerritos, California in June 1990.

Vangsness 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 currently appearing on the CBS drama series Criminal Minds as FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia. She also portrayed the same character on the spin-off, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. She is also a writer, and her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine.

  • She is a solo performer and her writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
  • Was updated as a featured performer in the 2006 season of Criminal Minds.
  • Her day jobs included substitute teacher, child counselor, restaurant hostess, personal assistant, grant writer, and murder mystery dinner theater actress. Her first paid acting job was a Diet Dr. Pepper commercial.
  • In 2005, she won the LA Drama Critics Circle Natalie Shafer Award for Best Emerging Comedic Actress. The award was given to her on March 21, 2005, at the Coronet THeatre.
  • She is a member of Theatre of NOTE in Los Angeles, California, and continues to perform there.

Related sites for this celeb
» BuddyTV
» TVGuide
» AceShowbiz
» Celebrity-Mania
You are successfully logged out.

ShareTV Login

Enter the text in the image shown if you are human.
WARNING: after 2 more failed attempts you will be locked out

Create Account

Verify Password

Verification code (check your email for the verification code)

Verification code has been sent to the following email address:
If you didn't receive the verification code:

1. Check your bulk/spam folder.

2. Try to whitelist our email address (

3. Resend verification email

If you mistyped your email address change it here
Create a free ShareTV account to make a personalized schedule of your favorite TV shows, keep track of what you've watched, earn points and more.
Verify your username and email to complete your Registration
Enter the text in the image shown if you are human.
WARNING: after 2 more failed attempts you will be locked out

Forgot Your Password?

Enter the email address you used to create the account and your password will be emailed to you.