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Kirsten Vangsness stars in "Criminal Minds" on CBS as Penelope Garcia. She also played the character in the short-lived spin-off series "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior."

Kirsten Vangsness has been acting on stage since she was very young. She received numerous awards and scholarships in both high school and college for acting, and also attended the prestigious California State Summer School of the Arts. After graduating from Cal State Fullerton, Vangsness began performing in plays and improvisation
Kirsten Vangsness in "Criminal Minds"
Kirsten Vangsness Criminal Minds
in Los Angeles. She has been a member of numerous theater companies in Hollywood, and is currently an active member of Theatre of NOTE, where has served as president of the Art Board and also earned the coveted Golden Betty Award. Vangsness' work has garnered her the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Natalie Schafer Award for Best Emerging Comic Actress. She has also won the 15 Minutes of Fem Best Actress Award.

Her theater credits include numerous West Coast premieres of original plays including "A Mulholland Christmas Carol" (L.A. Weekly Award), "Book of Liz," "Fan Maroo," "Perfuct" and "Steaming City." In the summer of 2007 she starred in the West Coast premiere of Neil LaBute's "Fat Pig" at the Geffen Playhouse, for which she received a Best Actress Garland Award. Her short plays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine as well as in theaters throughout Los Angeles.

In addition to acting, Vangsness has written various performance art pieces that have been seen throughout Orange County and Los Angeles. She also has an affinity for making and "re-designing" her own clothes. Vangsness continues to volunteer at elementary schools, where she reads and teaches after-school improvisation and acting classes.

Her television credits include "Phil of the Future" and "LAX." She has appeared in the feature film "A-List," the independent film "Shooting Blanks" and "In My Sleep."

Vangsness was born and raised in California and lives in Los Angeles.

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Age: 44 years old
Birthday: July 7, 1972
Height: 5' 7"
Full Name / Real Name: Kirsten Simone Vangsness
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, CA
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA

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