Kirsten Vangsness is an American actress, best known for portraying the FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia on the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds and its spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. She is also known for her recurring role as Meredith Champagne on Pretty the Series. She has co-written three episodes of Criminal Minds since 2014. Vangsness is the recipient of various accolades including; the 15 Minutes of Female Best Actress Award, the Golden Betty Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critic Award. Born Kirsten Simone Vangsness on July 7, 1972 in Pasadena, California, to parents Barbara and Errol Leroy Vangsness, she is of Norwegian descent on her father’s side, and of Italian descent on her mother’s side. Vangsness was raised in Porterville, San Joaquin Valley, Tulare County, California, and later relocated to Cerritos, Los Angeles. In June 1990, she graduated from Cerritos High School and attended Cypress College in Cypress, Northern Orange County, California. In 1996 she graduated from California State University, Fullerton, in Fullerton, Orange County. In November 2015, she became engaged to actor and writer Keith Hanson. She was previously in a relationship with Melanie Goldstein from 2006 to 2013.
Kirsten Vangsness Personal Details:
Date Of Birth: 7 July 1972
Birth Place: Pasadena, California, USA
Birth Name: Kirsten Simone Vangsness
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Occupation: Actress, Writer
Race/Ethnicity: White (Norwegian, Italian)
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Sexual Orientation: Bisexual
Kirsten Vangsness Body Statistics:
Weight in Pounds: 167.5 lbs
Weight in Kilogram: 76 kg
Height in Feet: 5′ 7″
Height in Meters: 1.70 m
Body Build/Type: Large
Body Measurements: 41-35-40 in (104-89-102 cm)
Breast Size: 41 inches (104 cm)
Waist Size: 35 inches (89 cm)
Hips Size: 40 inches (102 cm)
Bra Size/Cup Size: 36E
Feet/Shoe Size: 8.5 (US)
Dress Size: 16 (US)
Kirsten Vangsness Family Details:
Father: Errol Leroy Vangsness
Mother: Barbara Mary Vangsness
Siblings: Karla Justine (Sister), Marilynn Ina (Sister)
Partner(s): Melanie Goldstein (2006–2013), Keith Hanson (2015–present)
Kirsten Vangsness Education:
California State University Fullerton
Cerritos High School
Kirsten Vangsness Facts:
*She was born on July 7, 1972 in Pasadena, California, USA.
*She began acting in 1998.
*She is best known for playing the role of FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia in the CBS drama series Criminal Minds since 2005.
*From 2010 to 2012, Vangsness played Meredith Champagne on Pretty the Series.
*She is left-handed.
*Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.