Ken Loach

Kenneth Loach

Film Director

BA Jurisprudence (1957)

Ken Loach is one of Britain’s most successful filmmakers. Born in 1936, Loach was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, before coming up to St Peter’s in 1957 to read Jurisprudence. His film-directing career has spanned five decades. He is best known for works such as Kes (1969) and Cathy Come Home (1966) from his early days, through to Sweet Sixteen (2002) and The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006), for which he won the prestigious Palme d'Or, in more recent times. 

Loach is well-known for using his work to comment on issues close to his heart: homelessness, labour rights and LGBT rights amongst many others.  

An Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s, Ken also has an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Oxford, as well as other honorary doctorates from universities throughout Britain. He received a BAFTA Fellowship – the highest honour BAFTA can bestow – in 2006, and won his second Palme d'Or for his film I, Daniel Blake in 2016. He is one of only nine film makers to win the award twice.