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'Minds' star confirmed for spinoff

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Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds

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CBS has confirmed that Kirsten Vangsness will appear as a regular in both Criminal Minds and upcoming spinoff Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour.

It was previously reported that the actress may appear in the new drama in a recurring role. CBS has now released a statement revealing that Vangsness will star as Penelope Garcia in both series.

Executive producer Chris Munday said: "In reality, the real BAU teams share analysts, so it made sense for us to combine the positions on TV.

"On a personal note, Kirsten is amazing, both personally and professionally. Her talent will make our new series that much better both on screen and behind the scenes."

"I'm super excited to be invited onto the series," added Vangsness. "The cast is astounding and I love playing this character."

Vangsness joins a cast that includes Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and former 24 star Janeane Garofolo.

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour will premiere mid-season on CBS in the 2010–2011 fall schedule.
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