The star actress, Kirsten Vangsness gained global recognition for excellently playing the role of Penelope Garcia in the critically acclaimed crime TV series, Criminal Minds. She began her acting career by featuring in many stage productions like The Book of Liz, and The Learned Ladies. She has clinched multiple accolades such as the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Natalie Schafer Award. She is also known for her role in films and TV series like Pretty the Series, Phil of the Future and A-List. Besides that, Kirsten Vangsness is also a writer and scriptwriter, having penned down, Nelson’s Sparrow, A Beautiful Disaster and Spencer episodes of Criminal Minds together with Erica Messer.
Kirsten Vangsness Biography
The beauty with brain writer was born, Kirsten Simone Vangsness in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, the USA on 7th July 1972 to her parents Barbara Mary and Errol Leroy Vangsness. However, She has not disclosed any information about her parent’s line of work as well as the identities of her siblings, if she’s got any. It is, therefore, a mystery if she is the only daughter of her parents.
Due to the constant relocation of her family, she had her childhood experiences in Porterville, Tulare County, California and Cerritos, Los Angeles County, California. She is an avid animal lover who has a pet dog and cats. Regarding her ethnicity and nationality, Kirsten Vangsness is a white American with Norwegian and Italian descent.
As per her basic education, she is an alumna of Cerritos High School. Soon after her graduation from the high school in 1990, she enrolled at Cypress College, Cypress, North Orange County, California but later transferred to California State University, Fullerton, Orange County where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree.
Regarding her personal life, Kirsten Vangsness is bisexual, having been in a relationship with TV and movie editor, Melanie Goldstein from 2006 to 2013. The brilliant actress later got engaged in November 2015, to a writer and actor, Keith Hanson. The lovebirds are yet to walk down the aisle as of 2019.
Kirsten Vangsness’ Net Worth
Through her great determination and passion for success, the skillful writer has earned huge wealth for herself. Kirsten Vangsness financial value is estimated at $3 million, thanks to her reported $100,000 salary per episode of the famous crime series, Criminal Minds as well as her earnings from other endeavors.
Her Movies and TV Shows
Kirsten Vangsness had been an introvert and as a result, she suffered from shyness. In a bid to cure it, she was encouraged to venture into acting while in high school but little did she know that what seemed like a predicament will eventually become productive. As time went by, she did not only find a cure for shyness, the quick-witted writer also found a hobby which she later turned into a career as she became an actress.
Starting her career in theatre, Vangsness soon became recognized for her outstanding character depictions, clinching many awards. Her stage credits include A Mulholland Christmas Carol, The Fan Maroo, The Bank of Liz, Spider Bites among others. Vangsness followed her stage works up by making her first big screen appearance as a Tooth Fairy in the 1998 short movie, Sometimes Santa’s Gotta Get Whacked. Though things didn’t fall into place immediately as she waited six years before landing another gig to feature as Veronica in one episode of 2004 TV series, Phil of the Future.
Almost soon after, she played the role of Stephanie in three episodes of the 2004 TV show, LAX. Things went uphill for her the following year as she landed a recurring role to enact the character of Penelope Garcia on the 2014 CBS crime series, Criminal Minds. Her outstanding performance earned her another gig to reprise the same role on the spin-off series, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
So far, she has starred in a good number of movies and television shows for more than the two decades she has been active in the movie industry. The highlights of her unique acting career include In My Sleep, Dave Made a Haze, Vampire Mob, The Chicago 8 and many others. Kirsten Vangsness has also done promotional works for many top-notch companies like Ford Warriors In Pink and Diet Dr. Pepper.