Ethan Anderson is the lawyer son of local vicar Charles Anderson.
In January 2021 Ethan attends the stag party of one of his friends at The Woolpack. A short while after Ethan arrives the police come as the landlady found drugs which she believed belonged to Ethans friend Olly. Ethan observed some youngsters acting suspectsly when the police arrived, these youngsters were behind the drugs, the three made a quick escape, however one of them, Sarah Sugden Jr., put drugs into Ethans jacket without him noticing. When Ethan went to put on his jacket he was asked by police why he was doing so and when Ethan tried to explain, the police claimed he was being hostile, so they decided to search him, they proceeded to look through his jacket and found Sarah's drugs, they then took him down to the station for further questioning. The next day when Charles picked him up he said he was released pending further investigation, he also thought his arrest was racially motivated. He could tell Sarah was acting guilty however when confronted she protested her innocence and all the Dingles rallied round her.
Ethan later recognised Woolpack chef, Luke Posner as his friend [Steven|Steven's] ex, but was unnerved when it transpired that Lukes girlfriend Victoria Sugden (who he later befriended) was unaware that Luke had previously been in a relationship with a man.
Ethan was shocked to learn that his father's ex-fiancée Saira was living in the village. Ethan initially didn't want anything to do with her as he found out she had been lieing to he and his dad about who she was as her name was Manpreet and was actually having an affair with Charles (unbeknownst to him), jilting him on their wedding day, leaving a young Ethan crushed. After interference from Manpreets sister Meena, Ethan started to bond with Manpreet again. He agreed to put the past aside if she helped him find his mother through medical records, while at first she objected, Meena later got the number and convinced Manpreet to give it to him. Ethan had kept these developments a secret from his father as he knew Charles wouldn't like him to contact his mother, however when Charles found out, they had a chat and Ethan decided to delete his mother's number.
In May 2021 Ethan decides to turn to dating apps, he comes into contact with someone he really likes but he's enraged to find out it was Luke trolling him, this causes friction in Luke and Victorias relationship.