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August 15, 2013

'It feels like home'

Former 'Days of our Lives' star relocates to Newburyport

Six years after his character was killed off “Days of our Lives,” Steve Blackwood has forged a new life for himself, continuing to build his acting résumé while also teaching his technique to other thespians.

Now, Blackwood, who played Bart Beiderbecke for 10 years on the long-running NBC soap opera, is starting another brand-new chapter. He and his family, which includes wife Karen and 15-year-old daughter Nicole, are making themselves at home in Newburyport after living in Michigan for the past four years.

Enjoying a cigar outside The Tannery Marketplace earlier this week, Blackwood said they settled on Newburyport after visiting and falling in love with its charm. They also like that it’s a creative hub, since Nicole, who will attend Newburyport High School, is a writer and Karen is a plein air artist who enjoys painting ocean landscapes.

“We took a tour of all the towns, and this is the one we really loved,” he said. “It feels like home because there’s an artsy vibe that wasn’t present in Michigan.”

Having just arrived last week, Blackwood and his family are staying in a hotel in Haverhill while waiting to close on their new house, which is near Anna Jaques Hospital.

“We’re all scared, but we have a feeling in our gut that this is the right thing to do,” he said.

This Saturday, Blackwood will teach a seminar at The Actors Studio on “Cold Reading Technique.” It’s a technique that Blackwood is very familiar with, having used it successfully just a few years ago when he landed the part of the bank manager in “Machine Gun Preacher.”

Blackwood had prepared an audition for a priest part in the 2011 film, which is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former gang biker who becomes a preacher and advocate for African orphans.

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