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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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Known For

Criminal Minds
Criminal Minds Penelope Garcia
(2005-2018)
In My Sleep
In My Sleep Madge
(2010)
Pretty the Series
Pretty the Series Meredith Champagne
(2010-2012)

Filmography

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 2017/I Stuck (completed)
Sunny
 2005-2018 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
Penelope Garcia
- Believer (2018) ... Penelope Garcia
- Mixed Signals (2018) ... Penelope Garcia
- All You Can Eat (2018) ... Penelope Garcia
- Ex Parte (2018) ... Penelope Garcia
- The Dance of Love (2018) ... Penelope Garcia
 2017 Axis
Heather (voice)
 2016-2017 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (TV Series)
Penelope Garcia
- Lost Souls (2017) ... Penelope Garcia
- Denial (2016) ... Penelope Garcia
 2017 Dave Made a Maze
Jane
 2016 Baby X (Short)
Xpert (voice)
 2015 Kill Me, Deadly
Mona Livingston
 2015 Agent Carter (TV Series)
Ruby
- 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)
Therapist
- 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 Sarina's Song (Short)
Party Guest
 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 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (TV Series)
Penelope Garcia
- Death by a Thousand Cuts (2011) ... Penelope Garcia
- The Girl in the Blue Mask (2011) ... Penelope Garcia
- Strays (2011) ... Penelope Garcia
- The Time Is Now (2011) ... Penelope Garcia
- Smother (2011) ... Penelope Garcia
 2011 The Chicago 8
Sketch Artist
 2010 Vampire Mob (TV Series)
Laura Anderson (2010)
 2010 In My Sleep
Madge
 2009 Scream of the Bikini
Interior Decorator
 2008 Tranny McGuyver (Short)
TV news reporter
 2006 A-List
Blue
 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)
Veronica
- Age Before Beauty (2004) ... Veronica
 2004 Annie Unleashed (TV Movie)
Teresa O'Malley
 2003 Don't Make Me Laugh (Short)
Kate
 1998 Sometimes Santa's Gotta Get Whacked (Short)
Tooth Fairy
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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 »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 2 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

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.]

Trivia:

Is 50% Norwegian; her father is from Norway. Her mother is of Italian ancestry. See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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