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Kirsten Vangsness
Born July 7, 1972 (1972-07-07) (age 37)
Occupation Actor
Domestic partner(s) Melanie Goldstein

Kirsten Vangsness (born July 7, 1972[1]) is an American actress. She graduated from Cerritos High School in Cerritos, California in June 1990. She is currently appearing on the CBS drama series Criminal Minds as FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia.


Vangsness, originally of Norwegian ancestry, got her first big break in the theater where she won several awards, including the 15 Minutes of Fem Best Actress Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Emerging Comic Actress and the Golden Betty Award. She is also an acclaimed writer, and her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Kirsten is currently appearing in Bill Robens' Kill Me, Deadly.

Her fiancee is film editor Melanie Goldstein, who currently works on 24.[2][3]


  1. ^ Kirsten Vangsness (2007-07-24). "Kirstens Blog". CBS. Retrieved 2007-10-07.  
  2. ^ Waldon, Dave (2008-09-23). "Kirsten Vangsness Thrives on “Criminal Minds”". Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  3. ^ "Untitled". Criminal Minds Fanatic. 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2009-11-12.  

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