|Birthday||7 July, 1972|
|Birthplace||Los Angeles County, California|
|Height||5' 7" (170 cm)|
|Claim to Fame||Criminal Minds|
Kirsten Simone Vangsness (born July 7, 1972) is an American actress and writer. She is best known for her portrayal of FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia on the CBS drama series Criminal Minds. She portrayed the same character on the spin-off series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.