Highly gifted and brilliantly adroit, Kirsten Vangsness is an American actress who has become famous for her varied appearances in movies and TV shows where she has often stunned viewers with her acting prowess and adaptability over the years. Having started her career from the late ’90s, she has won many fans to herself who now follow her every move on social media. Apart from being a thrilling actress, she is also a writer.
As an actress, Kirsten Vangsness is now best known for her performance on Criminal Minds, an American police procedural crime drama TV series in which she played the role of an FBI Technical Analyst.
Kirsten Vangsness Bio
Kirsten Vangsness was born on the 7th day of July in 1972. The actress was born in Pasadena, a city in California. She was partly raised in Porterville, another city in California after her family moved there following her birth. The family later moved to Cerritos, California where she spent the remainder of her childhood days. Even though everyone now calls her Kirsten Vangsness, it is noteworthy that her full birth name is actually Kirsten Simone Vangsness.
Kirsten’s father has been identified as Errol Leroy Vangsness and her mother’s name has been revealed to be Barbara Mary Vangsness. Kirsten is quite fond of her parents. Information about whether or not she has siblings is quite vague, however, some reports say she has two sisters.
Growing up, she was quite a shy lady but she was able to overcome her shyness when she became involved in acting. She attended the Cerritos High School and graduated in June 1990. She then proceeded to attend the California State University, Fullerton and graduated in June 1995.
Kirsten Vangsness has since gone on to make a name for herself in the American movie industry, making appearances in many movies and TV series.
Movies and TV Shows
Kirsten Vangsness kick-started her acting career in 1998 when she was cast as a Tooth Fairy in Sometimes Santa’s Gotta Get Whacked, a short movie. Years later in 2003, she appeared in Don’t Make Me Laugh, another short movie. The next year (in 2004), she appeared in Annie Unleashed, a TV Movie, Phil of the Future, a TV Series in which she played Veronica and LAX, another TV Series in which she played Stephanie.
Kirsten Vangsness got her big break on TV in 2005 when she was cast as Penelope Garcia in Criminal Minds, an American police procedural crime drama TV series. Her performance on the series gave her a lot of exposure and won her many fans who considered her one of the true drama queens of TV.
In 2006, Kirsten Vangsness appeared in A-List, a comedy-drama movie and then got cast as a reporter in Tranny McGuyver, a short film in 2009. In 2010, she landed the role of Madge in In My Sleep, a drama/mystery film, and then scored a role in Vampire Mob, a TV Series that same year. Shortly after, but still in the same year, she was cast in Pretty the Series, a TV Series and gave a performance that got her wide acclaim.
In 2011, she starred in The Chicago 8, a drama film and Second City This Week, another TV Series. 2015 saw Kirsten score the role of Ruby in Agent Carter, a TV Series and then she proceeded to appear as Mona Livingston in Kill Me, Deadly, a comedy/history film that same year. In 2016, she appeared as Fawn in Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse, an adventure/comedy film.
The following year, Kirsten was cast as Jane in Dave Made a Maze, an adventure/comedy/horror movie and then landed the role of Sunny in Stuck, a comedy film in 2018. Today, the actress continues to play the role of Penelope Garcia in Criminal Minds.
Kirsten Vangsness’ Net Worth
Having been quite active in Hollywood since the late ’90s, it is expected that Kirsten Vangsness has raked in a considerable amount of wealth for herself over the years. The actress has starred in some fine TV series including Pretty the Series and Criminal Minds which helped to consolidate her place as an actress of repute. She is also a playwright and all of these ventures are expected to have fetched her quite a lot of money.
At the moment, Kirsten Vangsness’ net worth has been pegged at $3 million. Apparently, with time, this figure is bound to change as she continues to act.
Weight Loss Journey
In 2014, fans of Kirsten Vangsness noticed that she had lost some weight. They began to question her on her social media pages and soon, Kirsten Vangsness came open to answer their questions.
On August 14, 2014, she took to her Twitter page to tell her followers that she did lose weight. She explained that she did it by reading a book and listening to a podcast by Renee Stephen.