Kirsten Vangsness Biography, Facts & Life Story

Written by Editorial Staff

Age 50 years old (in 2022)
Date of Birth July 7, 1972

Height, Weight & Physical Stats

Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
Weight 76 kg (167.5 lbs)
Waist 35 inches
Hips 40 inches
Dress Size 16 (US)
Body Type Athletic
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Blonde
Known For Her Portrayal of FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia on the CBS drama series Criminal Minds
Nickname Kris
Full Name Kirsten Simone Vangsness
Profession Actress and Writer
Nationality American
Birthplace Pasadena, California, United States
Religion Baptist
Zodiac Sign Cancer

A successful American actress and writer, Kirsten Simone Vangsness is always in the news. She is better known for appearing as the FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia on the CBS drama series named ‘Criminal Minds’. 

She played the same role on the spin-off series named ‘Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior’ and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.


Kirsten made her career in two fields, like; acting and writing. She started off her career as a child star to help overcome shyness. She got her first role in the theatre where she was honored with several awards including the ’15 Minutes of Female Best Actress Award.

Kirsten Vangsness is also a great writer and has been published in the Los Angeles Times. Since 2014, she has co-written four episodes of ‘Criminal Minds’. In 2014, she wrote the ‘Nelson’s Show’ ‘Sparrow’. with executive producer, Erica Messer.

In 2015, she also co-wrote ‘A Beautiful Disaster’ once again with Erica Messer. In 2016, she co-wrote ‘Spencer’ with the same partner.


Among many awards, she won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Emerging Comic Actress, and the Golden Betty Award.

Kirsten Vangsness Education

Qualification Graduated
School Cerritos High School
College Cypress College, California State University Fullerton

Kirsten Vangsness Career

Profession: Actress and Writer

Known For: Her Portrayal of FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia on the CBS drama series Criminal Minds


Film: Sometimes Santa’s Gotta Get Whacked
Television: Phil of the Future

Net Worth: USD $3 million approx.

Family & Relatives

Father: Errol Leroy Vangsness

Mother: Barbara Mary Vangsness

Marital Status: In a relationship

Currently dating:

Keith Hanson

Children: None

Dating History:

Melanie Goldstein (2009)

Kirsten Vangsness Favorites

Favorite Food: Macaroni and cheese, cupcakes, arugula

Favorite Destination: Long Beach

Favorite Color: Yellow

Favorite TV Show:
RuPaul’s Drag Race, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Empire



  1. I love you so much.I am starting to know with you I can be my own person and be fun loving to. I will always look up to you and Shemar Moore because you both taught me how to living again after all I been through.I just got 2 hip replacements and I KNOW MY LIFE ISN’T OVER IT JUST BEGINNING FOR ME.I am out of all the pain and beginning to live for me with out all the pain. I am living for me today.I know I can do all I put my mind up too. Thank you for all you do for me. Patti.

  2. Kristan, I have been watching for yrs wondering how you lost all your weight I have a daughter who has had breast cancer a few yrs ago she is only 37. We were blessed to have a beautiful granddaughter before all this happened. She has had couple more surgeries sense double mastectomy but needs another abdominal surgery to sew abdominal muscles together problem is needs to lose 50 lbs before they can do anything. Watching you over the years you have lost a lot of weight can you tell me how it would be very helpful for her health. Drs around here don’t care anymore about patients. Help is very hard to find. Any insight would be appreciated. The funny part is we are both nurses and know most ins and outs. But can’t get help.

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