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Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

 Kirsten Vangsness is an American Actress and writer. She portrayed the role of Penelope Garcia as FBI Technical Analyst on CBS series Criminal Minds And its spin-off, Criminal Minds Suspect Behavior. Kirsten has co-written television series including Nelson’s Sparrow and A Beautiful Disaster.

Kirsten Vangsness was born on July 7, 1972, in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, the U.S.A. Her Full name is Kirsten Simone Vangsness. She is the daughter of Errol Leroy Vangsness (father) and Barbara Mary (mother).

She belongs to American nationality and holds a white ethnical background. Kirsten is the follower of the Baptist religion.

Kirsten Vangsness attended Cerritos High School, graduated in June 1990. Later, she joined Cypress College, spent a few semesters before transferred to California State University in Fullerton. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1995 June.


Kirsten began acting at an early age to overcome her shyness. She got her first big break in the theatre and won several awards like 15 Minutes of Female Best Actress Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Emerging Comic Actress, and the Golden Betty Award.

After that, she appeared in her first small on-screen project Phil of the Future in 2004. One year later, she got her biggest break play Penelope Garcia in Criminal Minds in 2005. She has been on the show since and appearing in over 250 episodes. She has also starred in the spin-off, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, among other shows which made her very popular.

Furthermore,  She is also a writer, has published her work in the Los Angeles Times. She has written three episodes of Criminal Minds.

Engaged with Her Boyfriend

Currently, her marital status is engaged.  She had a relationship with Melanie Goldstein in 2006. Unfortunately, this couple could not go further to continue their relationship. Her relationship with Melaine Goldstein in 2013.

Caption: Kirsten Vangsness & boyfriend Keith Hanson Photo: Heightline

After two years later, Kirsten began dating Keith Hanson, who is an actor and writer. She engaged with her boyfriend Keith on November 2015. They haven’t married yet, however, the couple is together. Her sexual orientation is straight.

What is Kirsten Vangsness Net Worth?

Kirsten has excellent earning out of her profession. Kirsten has also done TV advertisements for Diet Dr. Pepper and Ford Warriors In Pink (2016) got a handsome amount of money. Her estimated net worth is $3 Million as of 2019.

Talking about her body Statistics, Kirsten has a large body type. She stands a height of 5 feet 7 inches or 170 cm and weighs 76 kg or 167.5 pounds. Her body statistics of 41-35-40 inches. She has blue eyes and blonde hair.

Facts of Kirsten Vangsness

Full NameKirsten Simone Vangsness
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 7, 1972
Age47 years 9 months
Place Of BirthPasadena, California, United States
Height5 ft 7 in
Weight76 kg
ProfessionActress, Writer
EducationCalifornia State University, Fullerton, Cerritos High School
PartnerKeith Hanson (2015, engaged)
ParentsErrol Leroy Vangsness, Barbara Mary Vangsness
NicknamesKirsten Simone Vangsness , Kristen S. Vangsness
InstagramKirsten Vangsness Instagram
AllmusicKirsten Vangsness Allmusic
Awards15 Minutes of Female Best Actress Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, Golden Betty Award
Movies"A-List" (2006), "In My Sleep" (2010), "The Chicago 8" (2011), "Kill Me, Deadly" (2015), "Axis" (2016), "From the Mouths of Babes" (2014-2016, documentary)
TV ShowsThe Tomorrow Show" (2016), "Criminal Minds" (2005-), "In My Sleep" (2010), "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour" (2011), "Pretty the Series" (2010-2012), "Good Job, Thanks!" (2011-2013)

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