Ethan Hardy


Played by George Rainsford


S28 E20 ‘Bad Timing’ –

Job Title

Specialist Registrar. Emergency Medicine

First Words

Date of Birth

28th November 1986 (as shown in 30.27)


Brother, Caleb Knight. Birth mother, Emilie Groome. Mother, Matilda.


Ethan is serious and hard-working although somewhat awkward socially. He has a methodical, cautious approach, but does end up making slightly inappropriate jokes and using self-deprecating humour.

Ethan doesn’t exactly put his best foot forward during his first shift in S28 E20; his mother is seriously ill and he’s trying to negotiate her ongoing care with the help of his brother, Caleb, who’s not being very forthcoming. Lily is unhappy that he had disappeared mid-way through shift and voices her concerns to Zoe, who informs her that his mother has died.

It is later discovered that they were both adopted and on meeting their birth mother, who later dies from Huntington’s disease – both fear they have inherited it – but only Ethan has.

Caleb and Ethan have at times a tough relationship. During Series 31, Cal struck up a romance with Alicia, despite Ethan’s feelings for her. Cal later discovers Ethan has slept with her which only makes their relationship more fraught. However Cal will always have Ethan’s back deep down. When an angry relative Scott Ellison sets out to cause revenge over his father’s death, Cal confronts him outside the hospital. However Scott fatally stabs him. Ethan is affected by his brother’s death and sets out to get justice for Cal when Scott is cleared of murder. However when Scott falls of the hospital balcony and is in resus – Ethan witnesses him choking and fails to administer aid leading to his death.

Memorable Moments

  • S31 E1 – Alicia and Ethan become trapped when a helicopter crashes into the department.
  • S31 E4 – Ethan and Alicia are thrown together on a shout to rescue a jogger.
  • S31 E6 – Alicia celebrates her birthday but Ethan has doubts about going to her party.
  • S31 E9 – Ethan tries to pluck up the courage to ask Alicia out, but Cal is also interested.
  • S31 E13 – Alicia writes Ethan a touching biography for his online dating profile.
  • S31 E14 – Ethan struggles to bury his feelings for Alicia despite taking another girl to the Christmas party.
  • S31 E16 – Ethan’s loyalties are tested when he sees Cal’s uncommitment towards Alicia.
  • S31 E17 – Ethan and Alicia wake up together. He wants them to be together but Alicia needs to find a way to tell Cal.
  • S31 E32 – During the strike, Cal confronts Alicia and Ethan about their affair.
  • S31 E33 – Ethan is distraught when his brother Cal dies following a stabbing.
  • S31 E34 – Ethan struggles in the aftermath of Cal’s death.
  • S31 E37 – Ethan comes face to face with Scott (who has not been charged) when he comes into the hospital, where Mickey is being treated.
  • S31 E38 – Ethan unravels before attending Cal’s funeral.
  • S31 E39 – Ethan has been staying up all night watching Scott’s house.
  • S31 E41 – Ethan turns to blackmail in an attempt to nail Cal’s killer.
  • S31 E42 – Ethan tells Scott about Mickey’s relationship with Jez. The brothers fight and Scott falls off the balcony.
  • S31 E43 – When Ethan comes across Scott’s choking – he walks aways, leading to Scott’s death

Love Interests

  • Lily Chao
  • Alicia Munroe

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