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If you’re not familiar with Criminal Minds‘s FBI Technical Analyst, Penelope Garcia, now’s the time to meet her.

Best known for her portrayal of the character Penelope Garcia  a technical analyst in the crime drama “Criminal Minds,” Kirsten Vangsness credits her co-star & a universal sex symbol, Shemar Moore for helping realize her “queerness.”

Engaged to a man now, the Los Angeles native, who identifies as bisexual, broke off her four-year-long engagement to her then-fiancee, Melanie Goldstein in 2013.

Kirsten Vangsness has appeared in several movies and TV series but her by far most famous role is that of Penelope Garcia, a technical analyst of the Behavioral Analysis Unit on Criminal Minds.

Criminal Minds is a series about an elite squad of FBI analysts that work on solving criminal investigations by studying criminal minds. The show features many well-known celebrities like Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, and A.J. Cook.

Read Article: Penelope Garcia and Shemar Moore relationship on Criminal Minds 2021



Kirsten Vangsness profile summary

Full name: Kirsten Simone Vangsness

Date of birth: July 7th, 1972

Age: 47 years old

Birthplace: Pasadena, California, U.S.A

Marital status: engaged to Keith Hanson (from 2015), dating Melanie Goldstein (2006–2013)

Nationality: American Height: 170 centimetres (5’7” feet)

Profession: Actress, writer

About kirsten vangsness

47 years old Kirsten Simone Vangsness was born on 7 July 1972, in Pasadena, California USA, of part-Norwegian descent, and is a writer and actress, best known from starring in the TV drama series “Criminal Minds”, playing the role of FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia.


She reprised her role of Penelope Garcia in the spin-off series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. However, despite the fame, her weight loss struggles have made a highlight in recent years.

Is Kirsten Vangsness married?

First relationship


The Hollywood actress is believed to be ‘queer’, as she describes herself. For five years (2009-2013), Kirsten Vangsness was dating a former assistant editor on Fox’s 24, Melanie Goldstein. She even was her fiancée as they were about to get married.

Fiancée is a very fun word to say because I never thought I would have a fiancée or be a fiancée. 

However, the couple didn’t walk down the aisle due to the absence of same-sex marriage at that time. And later, in 2013, Kirsten and Melanie called it quits due to an unknown reason.


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