Kirsten Vangsness is an American actress and writer. She is best known for co-writing the police procedural crime drama tv series ‘Criminal Minds’. And also portraying the character of FBI Technical analyst Penelope Garcia on the series. She has worked along with the actor Lola Glaudini, Shemar Moore, and Rachel Nichols.
Let us scroll down to know more about the topics of Kirsten’s Personal Life, Career, and net worth. Also, find out about her partner who once has come out as a bisexual.
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Kirsten Vangsness: Bio, Family, Education
Vangsness was born on 7 July 1972, in Pasadena, California, the United States as Kirsten Simone Vangsness. She was born to the parents Errol Leroy Vangsness and Barbara Mary. Before settling in Cerritos, California, Kirsten has spent some of her early childhood in Porterville, California. And gradually developed an introverted personality as she has moved to different places.
Looking at her education, she has attended Cerritos High School and graduated in 1990. Later, she went on to join Cypress College, before attending California State University, Fullerton. In 1995, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University.
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Kirsten Vangsness: Professional Life & Achievements
Before knowing her acting debut in the industry, let us have a brief talk about overcoming her shyness. As we stated earlier, she has built an introvert personality in her childhood. So, to overcome her shyness, she was enrolled in acting classes. And really, it works as therapy for her and not only her shyness lessen but also changed to a quirky personality. Further, In her struggling days, she had did many jobs such as a child counselor, personal assistant, and many other minor jobs. Before making her entry in the entertainment industry.
She debuted her acting career through the stage and also won a 15 Minutes of Female Best Actress Award and the Golden Betty Award. Further, she debuted on the screen with short film ‘Sometimes Santa’s Gotta Get Whacked’ in 1998. After that, she has appeared in the movies like ‘A-List (2006)’, ‘In My Sleep (2010)’, ‘The Chicago 8 (2011)’, and ‘Dave Made a Maze (2017)’, among others.
Vangsness started her television acting from the episode ‘Age Before Beauty’ of 2004 ‘Phil of the Future’. Then in 2005, she has started to co-write and starred in the TV series ‘Criminal Minds’ which is still running. With the same character of ‘Penelope Garcia’, she has appeared in spin-off series in ‘Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour’ and ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’. Also, she has appeared in the series like ‘Pretty the Series’, and ‘Shelf Life’, amongst others.
As a writer, Kirsten has published her work in the Los Angeles Times. She has co-written many shows including ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Nelson’s Sparrow’ and ‘Spencer’ along with Erica Messer.
Kirsten Vangsness: Personal Life & Boyfriend
Coming over to her personal life, she is not a married woman. But she is in a longterm relationship with Keith Hanson. Hanson is also an American actor and writer as well. The couple has announced their engagement in 2015.
Further, a decade back, prior to her present relationship, Kirsten has described herself as a queer. In other words, she came out as a bisexual and was in a relationship with her fellow staff Melanie Goldstein. Melanie is a film and television editor and duo started to date in 2006. After the beautiful relations of seven years, they announced their separation. And the couple part aways in 2013.
Caption: Kirsten and her fiance Keith Hanson
Kirsten Vangsness: Net Worth & Social Media Profiles
Talking about her net worth, she has made a net worth of $3 million from her career. She still is working with the series ‘Criminal Minds’ which premiered on 22 September 2005 and running till now.
Many people including her fans follow Vangsness on her social networking account like Instagram. On Instagram, she has the handle @kirstenvangsness with 889K followers. Kirsten goes by the handle @Vangsness on Twitter with 620K followers. But the actress does not seem to have an official account on Facebook.
Kirsten Vangsness: Body Measurements
The beautiful actress, Kirsten has a large body type that stands to a height of 5 feet 7 inches or 1.70 meters. Her weight weighs to 76 kg or 167.5 pounds. Other than these, no other information has revealed on her body measurements.