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July 7, 1972 (51)

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Kirsten Vangsness is an American actress, writer, and producer best known for her role as Penelope Garcia on the CBS crime drama series “Criminal Minds.” Born and raised in California, Vangsness began her career in theater before transitioning to television and film.

Vangsness has appeared in several notable television shows and films throughout her career, including “Pretty the Series,” “The Chicago Code,” and “A-List.” However, it is her role as Penelope Garcia on “Criminal Minds” that has become her most recognizable and iconic. Vangsness portrayed the character for 15 seasons, becoming a fan favorite and earning critical acclaim for her performance.

One of the milestones in Vangsness’s career came in 2014 when she co-wrote and starred in the play “Mess,” which premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. The play, which explored themes of mental illness and relationships, was based on Vangsness’s personal experiences and received positive reviews.

Vangsness has collaborated with several celebrities and artists throughout her career. She has worked with fellow “Criminal Minds” co-stars Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, and A.J. Cook. Vangsness has also appeared in the web series “Pretty the Series” alongside actor Brea Grant and in the film “The Chicago Code” with actor Jason Clarke. In addition, Vangsness has written several episodes of “Criminal Minds” and served as a producer on the show.

Vangsness is a passionate animal advocate and has been involved in various animal welfare organizations and initiatives throughout her career. She has worked with the Los Angeles-based animal rescue group Stray Cat Alliance and has been vocal about her support for animal rights. Vangsness has also adopted several rescue animals herself, including a cat named Agent Murch and a dog named Dublin. In addition to her advocacy for animals, Vangsness is also a vocal supporter of LGBTQ+ rights and mental health awareness.