Kirsten Vangsness

Criminal Minds Meet the Cast

Kirsten Vangsness as
Penelope Garcia

  • About Penelope Garcia

    Garcia is the fun-loving computer technician for the BAU. After Garcia's parents were in a fatal car accident, she retreated underground, where she spent time learning computer code her way of dealing with the loss. Although she works for the FBI, she is also considered to be "one of the most dangerous hackers in the world.". After she was arrested for mercenary hacking, the FBI offered her the option of joining them in exchange for a clean record. She agreed and has been working for the BAU since. She and Special Agent Dererk Morgan have a unique, intimate friendship that has stayed platonic but involves flirting at every available opportunity. Garcia speaks French and also suffers from Coulrophobia, or the fear of clowns.
    The 1980s just called; they want their security system back.
    - Garcia

    About Kirsten Vangsness

    In the L.A. theater community and as a performance artist, Vangsness' work has garnered her the 15 Minutes of Fem Best Actress Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Emerging Comic Actress and the coveted Golden Betty Award.

    Her theatre credits include numerous West Coast premieres of original plays including "A Mulholland Christmas Carol" (L.A. Weekly Award), "Book of Liz," "Fan Maroo," "Perfuct" and "Steaming City." In the summer of 2007 she starred in the West Coast premiere of Neil LaBute's "Fat Pig" at the Geffen Playhouse. Vangsness's short plays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine as well as in theatres throughout Los Angeles. She is a member of Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood, California.

    Her television credits include "Phil of the Future." She has appeared in the feature film "A-List," the independent film "Shooting Blanks" and the soon to be released "In My Sleep."

    Vangsness lives in Los Angeles. Her birth date is July 7.

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