The convicted Californian criminal whose “handsome” mugshot went viral has walked out of prison – and he’s ready for his close-up.

Jeremy Meeks, 32, was sentenced to more than two years’ jail for possession of a firearm in 2015, but he has been released early.

After his arrest, his mugshot drew thousands of admiring comments when it was posted on Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page.

He was dubbed the “Hot Convict” and “Hot Felon”, with social media users focusing on his high cheekbones, chiselled face and blue eyes.

“Ralph Lauren better sign him lol,” wrote one user.

And Meeks did get signed – by California-based talent agency White Cross Management.

Now he’s out, Meeks has revealed he is ready to take advantage of his viral fame.

“I want to thank my family and everybody for all your love, support and prayers,” Meeks captioned one photo, pictured next to his agent, Jim Jordan.

“I’m overwhelmed and grateful for what lies ahead. I’m ready @jimjordanphotography and @whitecrossmanagement.”

In another Instagram post, Meeks is pictured on a boat with the caption: “Looking forward to time on the lake with my kids.”

His agent is also excited about the former prisoner’s future.

“We have a lot in store regarding Jeremy’s new career,” Mr Jordan said in a statement.

“There are a multitude of offers on the table.

“Jeremy is humbled and grateful and overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers for him and his family.”

Police have previously described Meeks as “one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area”.