Kirsten Vangsness - biography

Actor from United States of America

Kirsten Simone Vangsness (born July 7, 1972) is an American actress. She graduated from Cerritos High School in Cerritos, California in June 1990, and later attended Cypress College in Cypress, California and graduated from California State University Fullerton in Fullerton, California. 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. Vangsness 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 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 is film editor Melanie Goldstein, who Vangsness began dating in 2006,  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Kirsten Simone Vangsness,Kristen S. Vangsness
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America


Institution From To
California State University, Fullerton
Cerritos High School


Year Performance Character
2012 Kill Me, Deadly Mona Livingston
2010 In My Sleep Madge

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