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Kirsten Vangsness

While Kirsten is best known as the bespectacled-brainiac-tech-kitten Penelope Garcia on the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds (2005)(and its spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), she has had a long and varied career prior to joining the cast of the hit CBS series. Stage appearances include Perfuct, The Book of Liz and a number of plays at ... See full bio »

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Criminal Minds
Criminal Minds Penelope Garcia
Kill Me, Deadly
Kill Me, Deadly Mona Livingston
In My Sleep
In My Sleep Madge
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior


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 2017 Axis (post-production)
Heather (voice)
 2017/I Stuck (filming)
 2016 Baby X (Short)
Xpert (voice)
 2015 Kill Me, Deadly
Mona Livingston
 2015 Agent Carter (TV Series)
- Now Is Not the End (2015) ... Ruby (uncredited)
 2013 Shelf Life (TV Series)
Freaky Squeaky
- Shelf of the Dead, Part 1 (2013) ... Freaky Squeaky
- Pristine (2013) ... Freaky Squeaky
- Toypocalypse Now (2013) ... Freaky Squeaky
- Hero Worship (2013) ... Freaky Squeaky
- Little Big House (2013) ... Freaky Squeaky
 2013/II Remember to Breathe (Short)
Vocals for Young Alice (voice)
 2011-2013 Good Job, Thanks! (TV Series)
- Dream Big (2013) ... Therapist
- It's Just Theater Sweetie (2011) ... Therapist
 2012 Acquainted (Short)
Ms. Hope
 2010-2012 Pretty the Series (TV Series)
Meredith Champagne
- The Prettiest Finale Yet (2012) ... Meredith Champagne
- A Pretty Dangerous Situation (2012) ... Meredith Champagne
- Meet the Minks (2011) ... Meredith Champagne
- A Pretty Hot Mess (2011) ... Meredith Champagne
- A Very Pretty RV (2011) ... Meredith Champagne
 2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - House of Corpses (Video short)
Penelope Garcia
 2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - Inside the Red Cell (Video short)
Penelope Garcia
 2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - Loved Ones (Video short)
Penelope Garcia
 2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - The Profiler (Video short)
Penelope Garcia
 2011 Second City This Week (TV Series)
Celebrity Guest
- Baby Girl or in Hitler Times (2011) ... Celebrity Guest
 2011 The Chicago 8
Sketch Artist
 2011 Sarina's Song (Short)
Party Guest
 2010 Vampire Mob (TV Series)
Laura Anderson (2010)
 2009 Scream of the Bikini
Interior Decorator
 2008 Tranny McGuyver (Short)
TV news reporter
 2006 A-List
 2004 LAX (TV Series)
Stephanie / Ticket Agent #1
- Secret Santa (2004) ... Stephanie
- The Pictures to Prove It (2004) ... Stephanie
- Pilot (2004) ... Ticket Agent #1
 2004 Phil of the Future (TV Series)
 2004 Annie Unleashed (TV Movie)
Teresa O'Malley
 2003 Don't Make Me Laugh (Short)
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Other Works:

Plays "Oxana" in the David Sedaris and Amy Sedaris play, "Book of Liz", at the Blank Theatre in Hollywood. See more »

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2 Interviews | 2 Articles | See more »


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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I am always sort of delightedly surprised when someone recognizes me because as far as I'm concerned, I'm just going to work and getting paid to act and that alone is fantastic, I forget people watch it too. [Interview with Style Bible, September 2010.]


She is a solo performer and her writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine. See more »

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