Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Highest Rated: 86% Dave Made a Maze (2017)

Lowest Rated: 13% In My Sleep (2009)

Birthday: Jul 7, 1972

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Many who discovered Kirsten Vangsness from her colorfully iconic character on the series "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005-) may find it hard to believe that the boisterous actor was once extremely shy. Vangsness was in eighth grade when her mother persuaded her to take a drama class. Much to her own surprise, she excelled at it, helping her to become more outgoing and expressive. She would continue to act in school plays and local theater, eventually graduating from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in theater. The California native then began appearing with Los Angeles theater troupes, developing a particularly strong relationship with L.A.'s Theatre of NOTE. She would also pursue a TV and film career, making her first paid on-screen appearance in a Dr. Pepper ad. Vangsness was cast on "Criminal Minds" as iconoclastic tech genius Penelope Garcia in 2005. By the next year, she was promoted to series regular, taking home the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Natalie Schafer Award for Best Emerging Comedic Actress. She would continue to act on stage, however, winning acclaim for her performance in Neil Labute's "Fat Pig" at the Geffen Playhouse in 2007, and staging a one-woman-show entitled "Mess" in 2011. Vangsness also proved herself as a writer, publishing articles in the Los Angeles Times Magazine.

Highest rated movies

Dave Made a Maze
In My Sleep




No Score Yet No Score Yet Stuck Sunny (Character) - 2019
86% 71% Dave Made a Maze Jane (Character) $13.2K 2017
No Score Yet 57% Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse Fawn (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 100% Kill Me, Deadly! Mona Livingston (Character),
Executive Producer
$19.1K 2015
13% 33% In My Sleep Madge (Character) $28.8K 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tranny McGuyver TV news reporter (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Criminal Minds Penelope Garcia (Character) - 0000


No Score Yet 86% Criminal Minds Penelope Garcia (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star),
No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2018 2020
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2011 2014 2018 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Megyn Kelly Today Guest 2018
25% 56% Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Garcia (Guest Star) 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Today Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steampunk'd Judge 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marilyn Denis Show Guest 2014
42% 26% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour Penelope Garcia (Character) 2011