Ken Loach

Ken Loach was made a patron of Humanists UK for his exploration of the human condition through the arts.

Film director

"Freedom of belief – or non-belief – is a fundamental human right. Religious creeds and doctrine should play no part in our public life. In particular, the indoctrination of children in separate faith schools is pernicious and divisive. I strongly support Humanists UK”

Ken Loach was born in 1936 in Nuneaton. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School and went on to study law at St. Peter's Hall, Oxford. After a brief spell in the theatre, he was recruited by the BBC in 1963 as a television director. This launched a long career directing films for television and the cinema. He is best known for his politically committed, frequently controversial, films, which give a voice to the voiceless, the powerless and the working classes; they include Cathy Come Home and Kes in the sixties and Land And Freedom, Sweet Sixteen, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, The Spirit of ’45 and The Angels’ Share in more recent years.

You can read more about Ken Loach in his lengthy Wikipedia profile and watch his films at